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Wells GOODYKOONTZ

(1872-1944)

GOODYKOONTZ, Wells, a Representative from West Virginia; born near Newbern, Pulaski County, Va., June 3, 1872; educated under private tutors and attended Oxford Academy at Floyd, Va., and the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice at Williamson, W.Va., in 1894; also engaged in banking; member of the State house of delegates in 1911 and 1912; member of the State senate 1914-1918 and served as president of the senate and Lieutenant Governor ex officio of the State from 1917 to December 1, 1918; president of the West Virginia Bar Association in 1917 and 1918; chairman of the central legal advisory board for West Virginia during the First World War; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law and banking interests in Williamson, W.Va.; also engaged in literary work; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 2, 1944; interment in Fairview Cemetery, Williamson, W.Va.

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

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