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William Osborne GOODE

(1798-1859)

GOODE, William Osborne, a Representative from Virginia; born in Inglewood, Mecklenburg County, Va., September 16, 1798; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Va.; served in the State house of delegates in 1822 and 1824-1832; member of the State constitutional convention in 1829 and 1830; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; again served in the State house of delegates in 1839, 1840, 1845, 1846, and 1852; served as speaker three terms; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for renomination; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; again elected to the Thirty-third and three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1853, until his death in Boydton, Va., July 3, 1859; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Thirty-fifth Congress); interment on his estate, “Wheatland,” near Boydton, Va.

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

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