John M. Goodenow

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John Milton Goodenow
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1829 – April 9, 1830
Preceded by John C. Wright
Succeeded by Humphrey H. Leavitt
Supreme Court of Ohio
In office
February 1, 1830 – May 7, 1830
Preceded by Gustavus Swan
Succeeded by Henry Brush
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Jefferson County district
In office
December 1, 1823 – December 5, 1824
Serving with William Lowery
Preceded by Jere H. Halleck, James Wilson, Samuel McNary
Succeeded by William Hamilton, William Lowery
Personal details
Born 1782
Westmoreland, New Hampshire
Died July 20, 1838(1838-07-20)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party Jacksonian
Spouse(s) Jane Waters, Sarah Lucy Wright Campbell
Children Lucy, Angela Jane, Lucia

John Milton Goodenow (1782–1838) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, Goodenow attended the public schools. He engaged in mercantile pursuits. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1813. He was appointed collector of direct taxes and internal duties for the sixth collection district of Ohio in 1817. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1823.

He served the Freemasons as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 1827.[1]

Goodenow was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1829, until April 9, 1830, when he resigned, having been chosen a judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He resigned in the summer of 1830 on account of ill health. He moved to Cincinnati in 1832.

An Ohio Presidential elector in 1832 for Andrew Jackson,[2] he was appointed presiding judge of the court of common pleas in 1833. He died in Cincinnati, July 20, 1838.[3] He was interred in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati.


  • Goodenow, John (1819). Historical Sketches of the Principles and Maxims of American Jurisprudence: In Contrast with the Doctrines of the English Common Law on the Subject of Crimes and Punishment. Steubenville, Ohio: James Wilson. OCLC 4343241.  - “was the first important commentary on the status of the English common law in America”,[4] and “is an important resource for legal historians studying the development of American jurisprudence.”,[3] though only 100 copies were printed.[5]


  1. ^ "Past Grand Masters - 1827 John Milton Goodenow". Grand Lodge of Ohio. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  2. ^ Taylor 1899 : 193
  3. ^ a b "John Milton Goodenow". The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System. 
  4. ^ Winkler, John F. (2004). "The Legal Literature of Ohio". The History of Ohio Law. 2. Ohio University Press. p. 506. ISBN 0821415468. 
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Goodenow, John M.". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. Wright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Humphrey H. Leavitt