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Hannibal Lafayette GODWIN

(1873-1929)

GODWIN, Hannibal Lafayette, a Representative from North Carolina; born on a farm near Dunn, Harrett County, N.C., November 3, 1873; attended the common schools and Trinity College (now Duke University), Durham, N.C.; studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Dunn, N.C.; elected mayor of Dunn in 1897; member of the State senate in 1903; member of the Democratic State executive committee 1904-1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1921); chairman, Committee on Reform in the Civil Service (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1920; engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Dunn, N.C., June 9, 1929; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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