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William Osborne Goode

Member From: 1822 - 1853

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  • Birth Date: September 16, 1798 Birth Place:"Inglewood", Mecklenburg County, Virginia
  • Death Date: July 3, 1859
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian, English
  • Spouse: Sarah Bolling Tazewell(1820); Sarah Maria Massie (1829)
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  • Education: College of William & Mary (graduated in 1819)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Lawyer, admitted to the bar in 1821
  • Additional Info: Speaker of the House, 1845-1846, resigned as Speaker on December 31, 1846
  • Bio: Born at “Inglewood”, Mecklenburg County, Va., September 16, 1798. Died in Boydton, Va., July, 3, 1859. Buried on his estate, "Wheatland”, near Boydton, Va. William O. Goode of Mecklenburg County was the son of John Chesterfield and Lucy (Claiborne) Goode. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1819, studied law, and was admitted to the bar and began practice in Boydton in 1821. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1822-23, 1824-33, 1839-41, 1845-47 (resigned as Speaker December 31, 1846), 1852-53; the Constitutional Conventions of 1829 and 1850; and the U. S. House of Representatives, 184143, 1853-59, In 1820, he married firstly, in Goochland County, Va., Sarah Boiling Tazewell (died July 9, 1825 in her 22nd year), daughter of Littleton and Catherine (Boush-Nivison) Tazewell of Williamsburg. Secondly, he married, in 1829, Sarah Maria Massie (died April 14, 1844), daughter of Dr. Thomas and Lucy (Wailer) Massie.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: U.S. House of Representatives (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843 and March 4, 1853-July 3, 1859)
    delegate to the Constitutional Conventions of 1829-1830 and 1850
    unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1832
    Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the District of Columbia (35th Congress)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1822-1823 Mecklenburg Courts of Justice
Register's Office
1824-1825 Mecklenburg Courts of Justice
1825-1826 Mecklenburg Courts of Justice
1826-1827 Mecklenburg Courts of Justice
Schools and Colleges
1827-1828 Mecklenburg Banks
Courts of Justice
Schools and Colleges
1828-1829 Mecklenburg Finance
Schools and Colleges
1829-1830 Mecklenburg Schools and Colleges (Chair)
Courts of Justice
1830-1831 Mecklenburg Schools and Colleges (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
1831-1832 Mecklenburg Schools and Colleges (Chair)
Courts of Justice
1832-1833 Mecklenburg Schools and Colleges (Chair)
1839 Mecklenburg Democrat Public Libraries
Schools and Colleges
1839-1840 Mecklenburg Democrat Schools and Colleges (Chair)
1840-1841 Mecklenburg Democrat Schools and Colleges (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1845-1846 Mecklenburg Democrat Speaker of the House
1846-1847 Mecklenburg Democrat Speaker of the House
1852-1853 Mecklenburg Democrat Finance (Chair)

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