GOODWIN, John Noble

1824–1887

Biography

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.

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

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External Research Collections

Arizona State University

Tucson, AZ
Papers: 1864-1865, 1 foot. The records consist primarily of original legal documents and certificates relating to John Noble Goodwin's term of office as Arizona's first territorial governor.

Old Berwick Historical Society

South Berwick, ME
Papers: In the Abner Oakes Papers, 1840-1895, approximately 1500 items. Includes materials reflecting the professional association between Abner Oakes and John Noble Goodwin, a lawyer, originally of South Berwick. A finding aid to the papers is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Poston, Lawrence, III, ed. "Poston vs. Goodwin: A Document on the Congressional Election of 1865." Arizona and the West 3 (Winter 1961): 351-54.

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