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Albert Taylor GOODWYN

(1842-1931)

GOODWYN, Albert Taylor, a Representative from Alabama; born at Robinson Springs, Montgomery County, Ala., December 17, 1842; attended Robinson Springs Academy and South Carolina College at Columbia; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army and served until June 1865; mustered out at the close of the war as captain of a company of sharpshooters and was decorated with the Confederate Cross of Honor; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1867; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Robinson Springs; State inspector of convicts 1874-1880; member of the State house of representatives in 1886 and 1887; served in the State senate 1892-1896; successfully contested as a Populist the election of James E. Cobb to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from April 22, 1896, until March 3, 1897; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected commander in chief of the United Confederate Veterans May 8, 1928; resumed agricultural pursuits near Robinson Springs, Ala.; died while on a visit in Birmingham, Ala., on July 2, 1931; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.

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

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