Ichabod Goodwin

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Ichabod Goodwin
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27th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 2, 1859 – June 6, 1861
Preceded by William Haile
Succeeded by Nathaniel S. Berry
Personal details
Born (1794-10-08)October 8, 1794
Berwick, Massachusetts
(known today as North Berwick, Maine)
Died July 4, 1882(1882-07-04) (aged 87)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Political party Republican

Ichabod Goodwin (October 8, 1794 – July 4, 1882) was the 27th governor of the state of New Hampshire from 1859 to 1861.

Goodwin was born in 1794 in the community of Berwick, Massachusetts (which is today known as North Berwick, Maine). He became a merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire working in the counting house of Samuel Lord, becoming master and part owner of several ships, and eventually the owner of two railroads, two banks, and a textile factory.[1] In 1827 he married Sarah Parker Rice. Their daughter Susan married admiral George Dewey.

Goodwin was elected a State Representative, running as a Whig, in 1838, 1843, 1844, 1850, 1854, and 1856. In 1856 he ran, and lost, as the last Whig candidate for Governor of New Hampshire. He switched parties, becoming a Republican, and won his bid for governor in 1859, and again in 1860. He was a delegate at large from New Hampshire to the national conventions at which Henry Clay, Zachary Taylor, and Winfield Scott were nominated by the Whigs for the presidency, serving as vice-president of the first two bodies.[2]

During his tenure, the New Hampshire legislature did away with the Courts of Common Pleas, transferring their duties to the State Supreme Court. Goodwin supported a legislative resolution opposing the extension of slavery, and an anti-immigrant act aimed at the defining of police courts' powers to suppress "intemperance." He also supported efforts to regulate railroads.

In May 1861, as the Civil War began, Goodwin responded to the first calls for soldiers by borrowing funds against his own name to equip two regiments. The legislature affirmed the Governor's action when they came into session the following month.

He died in Portsmouth; his house, the Goodwin Mansion, was relocated in order to preserve it, and stands today as a landmark. The Goodwin Mansion is located on the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


  1. ^ Penrose, Charles (1956). Ichabod Goodwin (1794–1882). Newcomen Society in North America. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Badger Clarke, John (1882). Sketches of successful New Hampshire Men. J.B. Clarke. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William Haile
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Nathaniel S. Berry