William Goode (politician)

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William Osborne Goode
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Mecklenburg County
In office
1852 – 1853
Preceded by William Baskerville
Edwin Williams
Succeeded by John O. Knox
In office
1845 – 1846
Alongside Mark Alexander, Edwin Williams
In office
1838 – 1840
Alongside Alexander Dortch, William Baskerville, Francis Boyd
In office
1824 – 1832
Alongside Nathaniel Alexander, George Tarry, Samuel Lockett, Alexander Knox
In office
1822
Alongside George Rogers
21st Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1845 – December 31, 1846
Preceded by Valentine W. Southall
Succeeded by John Winston Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – July 3, 1859
Preceded by Thomas S. Bocock
Succeeded by Roger Atkinson Pryor
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by George Dromgoole
Succeeded by Edmund W. Hubard
Chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1858
Preceded by Orlando Ficklin
Succeeded by Edward Dodd
Personal details
Born (1798-09-16)September 16, 1798
Inglewood, Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Died July 3, 1859(1859-07-03) (aged 60)
Boydton, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Other political
affiliations
Whig (1838)
Occupation lawyer


William Osborne Goode (September 16, 1798 – July 3, 1859) was a nineteenth-century American politician and lawyer from Virginia.

Personal life[edit]

Goode was born to John Chesterfield Goode and Lucy Claiborne Goode at their plantation "Inglewood" in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

Goode graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1819. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1821 and set up a legal practice in Boydton, Virginia.

Goode married twice. In 1820, while in law school, he married Sarah Bolling Tazewell of Williamsburg, Virginia. She died July 9, 1825, aged 22, after childbirth. In 1829 he married Sarah Maria Massie. They had several children together. She died April 14, 1844.

Political career[edit]

Goode served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1822–23. He was re-elected in 1824 and afterward, expecting to serve through the term ending 1833. He gave up his seat to make an unsuccessful 1832 run for the United States House of Representatives. During that time, he also was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829.

Goode was re-elected to the House of Delegates (1839-41). He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1840, serving from 1841-43. He was elected again to the Virginia House from 1845–47, and was elected as Speaker. He served as delegate to the second Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1850.

Elected back to the US House of Representatives in 1852, he served three terms,from 1853 until his death in 1859. He became chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia from 1857-58.

Goode died in Boydton on July 3, 1859. He was buried at his nearby plantation of "Wheatland".

Electoral History[edit]

1841

Goode was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 75% of the vote, defeating Independents Richard H. Baptist and a man identified only as Marshall.

1853

Goode was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 65.34% of the vote, defeating Whig Wyatt Cardwell and Independents William C. Flournoy and William S. Scott.

1855

Goode was re-elected with 61.27% of the vote, defeating American Littleton Tazewell.

1857

Goode was re-elected with 75.97% of the vote, defeating an American identified only as Collier.

1859

Goode was re-elected with 63.79% of the vote, defeating Independent Democrat Flournoy.

Legacy and honors[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "William Osborne Goode". Find A Grave. 2005-12-28. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Dromgoole
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

1841 - 1843
Succeeded by
Edmund W. Hubard
Preceded by
Thomas S. Bocock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

1853 - 1859
Succeeded by
Roger A. Pryor
Political offices
Preceded by
Valentine W. Southall
Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
1845 - 1846
Succeeded by
John W. Jones