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Albert Taylor Goodwyn (December 17, 1842 – July 1, 1931) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Albert Taylor Goodwyn
Albert Taylor Goodwyn.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th district
In office
April 22, 1896 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byJames E. Cobb
Succeeded byWillis Brewer
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Alabama Senate
In office
Personal details
Albert Taylor Goodwyn

(1842-12-17)December 17, 1842
Robinson Springs, Alabama
DiedJuly 1, 1931(1931-07-01) (aged 88)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of South Carolina
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
RankConfederate States of America Captain.png Captain
UnitAlabama 58th Alabama Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Early life and military careerEdit

Born at Robinson Springs, Alabama, Goodwyn attended Robinson Springs Academy and South Carolina College at Columbia (now the University of South Carolina). During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and served until June 1865. He was mustered out at the close of the war as captain of a company of sharpshooters and was decorated with the Southern Cross of Honor.[1] He graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, in 1867. He engaged in agricultural pursuits near Robinson Springs.

Political careerEdit

Goodwyn served as state inspector of convicts 1874-1880. He served as member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1886 and 1887. He served in the Alabama Senate 1892-1896. He successfully contested as a Populist the election of James E. Cobb to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from April 22, 1896, until March 3, 1897. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.[2]

Goodwyn was elected commander in chief of the United Confederate Veterans on May 8, 1928. He resumed agricultural pursuits near Robinson Springs, Alabama. He died while on a visit in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 1, 1931. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.


  1. ^ Gibbons, Caroline Jones. "Albert Taylor Goodwyn". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ Albert Taylor Goodwyn at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-05-07

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