|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st district
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
|Preceded by||Compton White, Sr.|
|Succeeded by||Compton White, Sr.|
|Born||Abe McGregor Goff
December 21, 1899
|Died||November 23, 1984
|Resting place||Moscow Cemetery
|Spouse(s)||Florence Letitia Richardson Goff (1892–1987)
(m.1927–1984, his death)
|Children||Timothy R. Goff (1932–72)
Annie M. Goff (b. 1935)
|Alma mater||University of Idaho,
|Years of service||1918
|Battles/wars||World War I (training),
World War II
Abe McGregor Goff (December 21, 1899 – November 23, 1984) was an attorney and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Idaho, most notably as a one-term congressman from 1947 to 1949. He served in the U.S. Army in both world wars.
Goff was born and raised in Colfax, Washington, in the Palouse region, the fourth son of Herbert W. and Mary (Dorsey) Goff. After graduating from high school in 1918, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private and underwent preliminary officer training at the University of Idaho in Moscow during the last weeks of World War I. Discharged from the military in December, he entered the law school at the UI in January 1919 and graduated in 1924. He was also the center on the Vandal football team. and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. His older brothers attended Washington State college in nearby Pullman.
Goff commenced practice in Moscow the same year and was the prosecuting attorney for Latah County from 1926 to 1934. He also worked as a special lecturer at the UI law school from 1933 to 1941. In 1940, he was made president of the Idaho Bar Association. In 1941, Goff was elected to the state senate.
World War II
Later the same year, he was activated as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves as a major, and served in the Mediterranean, European, and Pacific theaters. Goff was on General MacArthur's staff at the end of the war and was discharged as a colonel in 1946. While in the military, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
In 1946, Goff was elected to Congress as a Republican, defeating seven-term incumbent Compton White of Clark Fork. He served only one term, as White defeated him in 1948 and reclaimed the seat for a term.
|1946||Compton White (inc.)||36,509||49.4%||Abe M. Goff||37,326||50.6%|
|1948||Compton White||46,846||51.8%||Abe M. Goff (inc.)||41,404||45.7%||Thomas B. Wood||Progressive||2,176||2.4%||^|
After leaving the House, Goff took a number of government posts in Washington, D.C. He was general counsel of the Post Office Department, and later served on the Interstate Commerce Commission, from 1954 to 1967. After his terms ended, he retired to the Palouse in Idaho, working as a writer and lecturer in Moscow until his death in 1984.
Goff married Florence Letitia Richardson (1892–1987) of Moscow in 1927. They were married for 57 years and are buried at Moscow Cemetery, east of the city. They had two children: Timothy Richardson Goff (1932–72) and Annie McGregor Goff (b. 1935).
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
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- University of Idaho Library – Abe McGregor Goff papers, 1915–1968
- University of Idaho Library – Abe Goff interviews – 1974 (audio, 3 hours)
- Political Graveyard – Abe McGregor Goff
- Abe Goff at Find a Grave
|United States House of Representatives|
Compton I. White, Sr.
|United States House of Representatives, Idaho First Congressional District
January 3, 1947–January 3, 1949
Compton I. White, Sr.