GOODHUE, Benjamin

GOODHUE, Benjamin
Essex Institute
1748–1814

Biography

GOODHUE, Benjamin, a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Salem, Mass., September 20, 1748; graduated from Harvard College in 1766; merchant; member, State house of representatives 1780-1782; member, State senate 1783, 1786-1788; member of the State constitutional convention in 1779 and 1780; elected to the First and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1789, until his resignation in June 1796; chairman, Committee on Commerce and Manufactures (Fourth Congress); elected in 1796 as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George Cabot; reelected and served from June 11, 1796, to November 8, 1800, when he resigned; died in Salem, Mass., on July 28, 1814; interment in Broad Street Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 6 items.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1 letter (1800) and 1 item (1789) in the Stephen Collins and Son papers.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: 40 items (1774-1814) in various collections. Miscellaneous subjects. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1789. 1 item.

New York Society Library

New York, NY
Papers: In Goodhue family papers, [ca. 1622-1895] (bulk 1770-1850). 5 cubic feet. Chiefly papers of Benjamin, his son Jonathan, and Jonathan's brother-in-law General Matthew Clarkson. Includes correspondence, deeds, legal documents, and other material concerning family property, business matters in Massachusetts and New York, politics and current events, and family affairs.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: February 7, 1787. 1 item. Massachusetts General Court resolution appointing Goodhue and others to a committee.

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA
Papers: In Goodhue family papers, 1684-1858. 2.5 linear feet. Includes correspondence between brothers Benjamin and Stephen Goodhue relating to local and national political affairs and business correspondence and papers. Some correspondence as U.S. senator concerning legislation and foreign and domestic markets. Additional correspondence in Nathan Read papers, 1709-1914.

Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1791-1792. 1 item. An account record of the firm Sprager & Paye, made out in account with Benjamin Goodhue & Co. for purchase of molasses and rum.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Roger Sherman collection, 1749-1904.
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