GOODE, John, Jr.

1829–1909

Biography

GOODE, John, Jr., A Representative from Virginia; born near Liberty (now Bedford), Bedford County, Va., May 27, 1829; attended the New London Academy, and was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., in 1848; studied law; was admitted to the bar in April 1851 and commenced practice in Liberty, Va.; member of the State house of delegates in 1852; member of the State convention which passed the ordinance of secession in 1861; served as a colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; twice elected a member of the Confederate Congress; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1865 and continued the practice of his profession; again served in the State house of delegates in 1866 and 1867; member of the Democratic National Executive Committee 1868-1876; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1868, 1872, 1884, and 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1881); chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; appointed Solicitor General of the United States by President Cleveland in May 1885 and served until August 1886; member of the United States and Chilean Claims Commission in 1893; president of the Virginia State Bar Association in 1898; member and president of the State constitutional convention in 1901 and 1902; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; died in Norfolk, Va., July 14, 1909; interment in Longwood Cemetery, Bedford, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the James Barron Hope Papers II, 1861-1874, 195 items. Correspondents include John Goode.
Papers: In the Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers, 1874-1902, 579 items. Correspondents include John Goode.

Library of Virginia
Archives Branch

Richmond, VA
Papers: 1854-1878, 6 pages. This correspondence of John Goode, Jr. concerns a pension for Betsy Goff, an autobiographical sketch, and a letter to a congressional colleague concerning vote pairing. The printed items are mostly clippings of the speeches. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Virginia Politicians' and Authors' Papers, 1806-1902, 64 pages. Correspondents include John Goode, Jr.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collection Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Cocke Family Papers, ca. 1776-1963, approximately 19,200 items. Correspondents include John Goode.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Goode, John. In the contested election case of John T. Stovall, contestant vs. George C. Cabell, contestee. From the Fifth Congressional District of Virginia. Brief on behalf of contestee. Washington: R. O. Polkinhorn, 1882.

------. Recollections Of A Lifetime. New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1906.

------. War history. Richmond: N.p., 1902.

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