Richard W. Goode

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Richard Walter Goode
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12th Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
In office
December 5, 1905 – December 6, 1906[1]
Preceded by Charles H. Stewart
Succeeded by G.M. Brown
Personal details
Born (1844-10-28)October 28, 1844[2]
London, England[2]
Died September 17, 1912(1912-09-17) (aged 67)[2]
Chicago, Illinois[2]
Resting place Melbourne Cemetery,
Melbourne, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jessie S. Maltman (m. 1869)
Children Alexander John Maltman Goode, Grace, Annie, Jessie
Residence Melbourne, Florida
Occupation real estate, postmaster[2]
Military service
Service/branch Grand Army of the Republic
Years of service 1861–1865
Unit Company F, 18th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

Richard Walter Goode (October 28, 1844 – September 17, 1912) was a one-term mayor of Melbourne, Florida from 1905 to 1906. With his father John Goode, he was one of the first settlers of Melbourne.

He was born in London, England, and moved to Chicago, Illinois while still a boy. He enlisted in the 18th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment at age seventeen. He served in the American Civil War, and was honorably discharged at its end.

He married Jessie S. Maltman in Chicago in 1869. In May 1877, they moved to Melbourne.[3] He was the second European settler in the area.

He was the father of Captain Alexander J. Goode, the grandfather of Harry C. Goode, Sr., who served on the Melbourne City Council and great-grandfather of Harry C. Goode, Jr. who also served as mayor.

In 1884, he built the Goode House.

In 1889, he opened a real estate and insurance office.[2]

In 1897, he was appointed postmaster of Melbourne.[2]

He died while visiting family in Chicago. He was struck by a train.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ City of Melbourne - Mayors - Chronological Order of Terms (1888 to Present), Melbourne City Clerk's Office
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Richard Walter Goode (1844 - 1912) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  3. ^ Raley, K.; Flotte, A.R. (2002). Melbourne and Eau Gallie. Arcadia. p. 13. ISBN 9780738514178. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
Preceded by
Charles H. Stewart
Mayor of Melbourne, Florida
December 5, 1905 – December 6, 1906
Succeeded by
G.M. Brown