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John Noble GOODWIN

(1824-1887)

GOODWIN, John Noble, a Representative from Maine and a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona; born in South Berwick, York County, Maine, October 18, 1824; attended public schools and the local academy at Berwick, Maine; graduated from Dartmouth College in 1844; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1848, commencing practice in South Berwick; member of State senate in 1854; elected as a Republican from Maine to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862; appointed March 6, 1863, by President Lincoln as chief justice of Arizona Territory and on August 21, 1863, as the first Governor of the Territory; entered the Territory and formally proclaimed its organization at Navajo Springs, December 29, 1863; elected as a Republican Delegate from Arizona Territory to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for reelection and did not return to Arizona; resumed the practice of law in New York City; died in Paraiso Springs, Calif., April 29, 1887; interment in Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Maine.

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

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