C. O'Conor Goolrick
|C. O'Conor Goolrick|
|Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 13th district
January 13, 1915 – January 9, 1924
|Preceded by||R. C. L. Moncure|
|Succeeded by||W. A. Garrett|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg|
January 8, 1908 – January 12, 1910
|Preceded by||Granville R. Swift|
|Succeeded by||C. R. Coleman|
|Born||Charles O'Conor Goolrick
November 25, 1876
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||June 4, 1960
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Anne Osborne Ficklen|
|Alma mater||Virginia Military Institute
University of Virginia
Charles O'Conor Goolrick (November 25, 1876 – June 4, 1960) was a Virginia lawyer and politician whose legislative accomplishments include the establishment of a school for the training of teachers at Fredericksburg, Virginia that became the University of Mary Washington, and the establishment of modern systems for worker's compensation, public education, and the state highway department.
Goolrick graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia Law School, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1908 to 1915, and in the Senate of Virginia from 1915 to 1923.
In 1908, he played a key role in the fight to have a normal school for the training of teachers located in Fredericksburg. At that time, Virginia's only institution devoted exclusively to the training of teachers for public schools was the Normal School for Women at Farmville (now Longwood University). During the 1908 legislative session, two new locations were under consideration, with the Senate supporting Harrisonburg and the House of Delegates selecting Fredericksburg. A compromise was reached, and legislation was passed that created what is today James Madison University and the University of Mary Washington.
Goolrick also was the author of the workman's compensation bill of Virginia, copatron of the state's first compulsory education law, and a member of the 1918-19 commission that laid the foundation for the county-unit system of public school administration. After his state service, Goolrick was city attorney for Fredericksburg for 28 years, and served as Fredericksburg mayor. He was a president of the Virginia Bar Association, and for many years was the president of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company. In 1950, he was the first recipient of the B'nai B'rith Award for distinguished service to the community, and he was a member of the Mary Washington Board of Visitors when it was affiliated with the University of Virginia. In 1967 the new physical education building of the University of Mary Washington was named Goolrick Hall in his honor.
Personal life and family
Goolrick married Anne "Nannie" Osborne Ficklen on May 25, 1910. Together they had a daughter, Frances Seymour.
- "VBA History and Heritage". The Virginia Bar Association. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2008.
- Brown, Everett Somerville, compiler. Ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States - State Convention Records and Laws (The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2003) ISBN 1-58477-278-6
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- C. O'Conor Goolrick at The Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project, 1776-2007
- C. O'Conor Goolrick at Find a Grave