Walter Samuel Goodland

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Walter Samuel Goodland
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31st Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 4, 1943 – March 12, 1947
Lieutenant Oscar Rennebohm
Preceded by Orland S. Loomis (did not take office)
Succeeded by Oscar Rennebohm
29th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1939 – January 4, 1943
Governor Julius P. Heil
Preceded by Herman L. Ekern
Succeeded by Oscar Rennebohm
Member of the Wisconsin State Senate
In office
Mayor of Racine
In office
Personal details
Born (1862-12-22)December 22, 1862
Sharon, Wisconsin
Died March 12, 1947(1947-03-12) (aged 84)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Alma mater Lawrence University

Walter Samuel Goodland (December 22, 1862 – March 12, 1947) was an American politician and the 31st Governor of Wisconsin. He was a Republican. He attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Goodland, born in Sharon, Wisconsin, was a lawyer and newspaper owner; he had owned a newspaper in Michigan in Iron Mountain. Goodland spent time on the Gogebic Range as a young man. He came to the range and began practicing law in Wakefield, Michigan. There he began the Wakefield Bulletin, one of the early daily newspapers of the range. Later, he established the Ironwood Times, disposing of it in May 1895 to Bennett and Green. The Ironwood Times continued to publish until May 1946. Goodland served in the Wisconsin State Senate. From 1911 to 1915, he was mayor of Racine, Wisconsin. From 1939 to 1943, Walter Goodland was the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.

In 1942, he was reelected lieutenant governor. On December 7, 1942, Governor-elect Orland Steen Loomis died before his inaugural. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Lieutenant Governor Goodland would serve Orland Loomis's term as acting governor, overriding the view of Governor Julius Heil that he should continue as Governor of Wisconsin. Goodland was initially paid as the Lieutenant Governor, with a salary of $1,500 a year. He earned a six dollar daily bonus for being acting governor while the legislature was in session, and a five dollar daily bonus when it was not.[1]

In 1944, Walter Goodland was elected Governor of Wisconsin, and in 1946 he was reelected. Walter Goodland died of a heart attack on Wednesday, March 12, 1947 while in office in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 84.[2]

As of 2006, according to Guinness World Records, Walter Goodland was the oldest individual to date to serve as Governor of any state in the union.[citation needed] He also had the distinction of both assuming and relinquishing the office of Governor due to a death, the death of Loomis and his own.[3]



  1. ^ "Goodland Governor By Wisconsin Ruling; Court Holds Lieutenant Governor Must Fill Death Vacancy". New York Times. December 30, 1942. p. E10. 
  2. ^ "WISCONSIN: Tough Old Codger". Time. March 24, 1947. 
  3. ^ "Walter S. Goodland". Wisconsin Blue Book. 1960. 
  4. ^ "Lake Waubesa Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-06-21. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Herman Ekern
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Oscar Rennebohm
Preceded by
Julius P. Heil
Governor of Wisconsin
1943 – 1947
Succeeded by
Oscar Rennebohm