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Frank Robert GOODING

(1859-1928)
Senate Years of Service:
1921-1928
Party:
Republican

GOODING, Frank Robert, a Senator from Idaho; born in Tiverton, England, September 16, 1859; immigrated in 1867 to the United States with his parents, who settled on a farm near Paw Paw, Mich.; attended the common schools; moved to Shasta, Calif., in 1877 and engaged in farming and mining; moved to Idaho in 1881 and settled in Ketchum, where he worked as a mail carrier, and subsequently engaged in the firewood and charcoal business; in 1888 settled near the present site of Gooding, which is named for him; engaged in farming and stock raising; member, State senate 1900-1904; Governor of Idaho 1905-1908; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1918 to the United States Senate; elected in 1920 as a Republican to the United States Senate for the term commencing March 4, 1921; subsequently appointed to the Senate on January 8, 1921, to become effective January 15, 1921, to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 3, 1921, caused by the resignation of John F. Nugent; reelected in 1926, and served from January 15, 1921, until his death in Gooding, Idaho, June 24, 1928; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

Bibliography

U.S. Congress. Memorial Services for Frank Gooding. 70th Cong., 2nd sess., 1928-1929. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1929; Schlup, Leonard. “Senator Frank Gooding and the Crusade for Agricultural Reform in the 1920s.” Idaho Yesterdays 41 (Winter 1998): 26-32.

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

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