John Goode Jr. (May 27, 1829 – July 14, 1909) was a Virginia Democratic politician who served in the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War and then was a three-term postbellum United States Congressman. He was also the acting Solicitor General of the United States.
John Goode Jr.
John Goode Jr. portrait, between 1865 and 1880
|3rd Solicitor General of the United States|
May 1885 – August 1886
|Appointed by||Grover Cleveland|
|Preceded by||Samuel F. Phillips|
|Succeeded by||George A. Jenks|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 2nd district
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
|Preceded by||James H. Platt, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||John F. Dezendorf|
|Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor|
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1881
|Preceded by||Gilbert C. Walker|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan T. Updegraff|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Norfolk County|
Alongside J. C. Langhorne, A. F. Leonard and Thomas Butt
|Member of the Confederate States House of Representatives from Virginia's 6th district|
February 22, 1862 – March 18, 1865
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Bedford County|
Alongside Samuel Davis
|Born||May 27, 1829|
Bedford County, Virginia
|Died||July 14, 1909 (aged 80)|
|Resting place||Longwood Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Emory and Henry College|
Washington and Lee University School of Law
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Unit||Jubal Early's Staff|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Early and family lifeEdit
Goode was born in Bedford County, Virginia. He graduated from Emory & Henry College in 1848, studied law at Washington and Lee University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1851. That same year, he was elected a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and in 1861 sat in the state convention that passed the Ordinance of Secession.
With the impending dissolution of the United States in 1861, Goode was elected to the Virginia secession convention. With the affirmative vote and Virginia's subsequent secession, Goode was elected to both the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress, serving from February 22, 1862, until the end of the war, and during the recesses of that body acted as volunteer aide on the staff of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early.
After the war, Goode resumed his law practice and again served in the state House of Delegates in 1866 and 1867. Like many high-ranking ex-Confederates, Goode had his civil rights restored under the provisions of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
He was chosen to the Forty-fourth United States Congress as a Democrat, defeating former Vermonter and incumbent James H. Platt Jr. Goode was re-elected to the Forty-fifth United States Congress and the Forty-sixth United States Congress, serving from December 6, 1875, until March 3, 1881. He was Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor during his last two terms.
Goode was a member of the Democratic National Conventions of 1868 and 1872, and was a presidential elector in 1852, 1856, and 1884.
In May 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed Goode as the acting Solicitor General of the United States, and he retained the office until August 1886. During his term of service, he visited British Columbia to represent the United States in an extradition case.
He later served on the United States and Chilean Claims Commission and was President of the Virginia Bar Association. He also was President of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901 and 1902.
- 1874; Goode was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives defeating Republican James Henry Platt, Jr. and Independent Republican Robert Norton, winning 49.43% of the vote.
- 1876; Goode was re-elected defeating Republican Joseph Secar, winning 52.97% of the vote.
- 1878; Goode was re-elected defeating Republican John Frederick Dezendorf, winning 56.73% of the vote.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Office of the Solicitor General.
- Political graveyard
- United States Congress. "John Goode (id: G000277)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-21
Samuel F. Phillips
| Solicitor General of the United States
George A. Jenks
|U.S. House of Representatives|
James H. Platt, Jr.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district
John F. Dezendorf
Gilbert C. Walker
| Chairman of House Education and Labor Committee
Jonathan T. Updegraff