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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.
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John Goode Jr. portrait, between 1865 and 1880
3rd Solicitor General of the United States
In office
May 1885 – August 1886
Appointed byGrover Cleveland
Preceded bySamuel F. Phillips
Succeeded byGeorge A. Jenks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byJames H. Platt, Jr.
Succeeded byJohn F. Dezendorf
Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byGilbert C. Walker
Succeeded byJonathan T. Updegraff
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Norfolk County
In office
1867
Alongside J. C. Langhorne, A. F. Leonard and Thomas Butt
Member of the Confederate States House of Representatives from Virginia's 6th district
In office
February 22, 1862 – March 18, 1865
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Bedford County
In office
1852–1853
Alongside Samuel Davis
Personal details
Born(1829-05-27)May 27, 1829
Bedford County, Virginia
DiedJuly 14, 1909(1909-07-14) (aged 80)
Norfolk, Virginia
Resting placeLongwood Cemetery
Bedford, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materEmory and Henry College
Washington and Lee University School of Law
OccupationPolitician, lawyer
Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate Army
RankColonel
UnitJubal Early's Staff
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

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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.

Civil WarEdit

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.

In 1867, Goode moved to Norfolk and practiced law in Washington, D.C. Shortly after he moved to Norfolk, he was again elected to the Virginia legislature.

CongressEdit

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.

Goode died at the age of 80 in Norfolk and was buried in Longwood Cemetery in Bedford, Virginia.[1]

Electoral historyEdit

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "John Goode (id: G000277)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-21
Legal offices
Preceded by
Samuel F. Phillips
Solicitor General of the United States
1885–1886
Succeeded by
George A. Jenks
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James H. Platt, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1875–1881
Succeeded by
John F. Dezendorf
Political offices
Preceded by
Gilbert C. Walker
Virginia
Chairman of House Education and Labor Committee
1887–1881
Succeeded by
Jonathan T. Updegraff
Ohio