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Joseph A. Goulden

Joseph Aloysius Goulden (August 1, 1844 – May 3, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Joseph Aloysius Goulden
Joseph A. Goulden.jpg
Frontispiece of 1917's Joseph A. Goulden, Late a Representative
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
March 4, 1913 – May 3, 1915
Preceded byHenry S. De Forest
Succeeded byWilliam Stiles Bennet
Constituency23rd district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byJohn H. Ketcham
Succeeded byStephen B. Ayres
Constituency18th district
Personal details
Born(1844-08-01)August 1, 1844
Littlestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 3, 1915(1915-05-03) (aged 70)
Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Resting placeSt. Joseph's Cemetery, Taneytown, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Pennsylvania National Guard
Years of service1864–1866 (Marine Corps)
1882-1886 (National Guard)
RankSergeant (Marine Corps)
Colonel (National Guard)
UnitMarine Detachment, USS Don (Marine Corps)
Military Staff, Governor Robert E. Pattison (National Guard)
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born on August 1, 1844, in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, he attended the schools of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Taneytown, Maryland, graduated from Eagleton Institute in Taneytown, and received his certification as a teacher when he was 18. Goulden was present when Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, and heard the speech in person.[1]

Goulden served during the American Civil War as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in 1864, was discharged in 1866, and attained the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Marine detachment aboard the USS Don, and saw combat in battles including Drewry's Bluff, where the ship he was on received fire from the shore and he was wounded.[2]

After the war Goulden was a teacher and principal at public and parochial schools in Emmitsburg, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia, and served as a member of the board of managers of Pennsylvania's state reformatory in Morganza, Pennsylvania. In 1870 he relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he established himself in the insurance business as a manager for Penn Mutual Life Insurance. From 1882 to 1886 he served on the military staff of Governor Robert E. Pattison with the rank of colonel.[3]

In 1889 Goulden moved to New York City, where he pursued business investments in addition to remaining active in insurance. Among his ventures was the Chelan Consolidated Copper Company, of which he was president.[4] He was also the principal of an insurance agency, J. A. Goulden & Son.[5]

Goulden later moved to The Bronx. He was active in several veterans' and civic causes, including the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association.[6] and the state and city school systems and the College of the City of New York.[7] He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, a member of the board of trustees of the Bath, New York soldiers' home, and secretary of the commission that erected the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Riverside Drive.[8][9]

Goulden also spent summers and holidays at Glenburn, a country home in Taneytown which had been in his family for several generations.[10]

Political careerEdit

Goulden was active politics as a Democrat and was identified with Tammany Hall. In 1902 he was elected to the 58th Congress. He was reelected to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1911. He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1910.[11][12]

In 1912 Goulden was elected to the 63rd Congress. He was reelected to the 64th Congress in 1914, and served from March 4, 1913 until his death.[13]

Death and burialEdit

He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 3, 1915, expiring at Broad Street Station while in town to attend a meeting of the Penn Mutual Insurance Board of Trustees, of which he was a member.[14] He was interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Taneytown.[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ United National Association of Postal Clerks, The Post Office Clerk magazine, Volumes 13-14, June, 1915, page 6
  2. ^ New York Times, J. A. Goulden Drops Dead: Bronx Congressman Had Just Arrived in Philadelphia, May 4, 1915
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Society of New York, Year Book, 1916, pages 58-59
  4. ^ Horace J. Stevens, A Manual of the Coper Industry of the World, Volume X, 1911, page 594
  5. ^ The Standard, High Compliment for J. A. Goulden, Volume 73, August 30, 1913, page 215
  6. ^ Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, Bulletin of the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, Volumes 7-9, 1914, page 9
  7. ^ College of the City of New York, Proceedings of the Board of Trustees, 1895, page 71
  8. ^ D. Appleton and Company, Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia, Volume VII, 1903, pages 426-427
  9. ^ Directory of Social and Health Agencies of New York, New York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, 1909, page 135
  10. ^ Tyler J. Boone, Taneytown, 2004, page 63
  11. ^ New York Times, Congressman J.A. Goulden, November 4, 1903
  12. ^ New York Times, Old Guard Won't Make Primary Fight, September 13, 1910
  13. ^ Gettysburg Times, Joseph Goulden Falls Over Dead, May 3, 1915
  14. ^ Adams County News, Joseph Goulden Falls Over Dead, May 8, 1915
  15. ^ Insurance & Commercial Magazine, Death of Col. J. A. Goulden, Volume 78, 1915, page 114

External resourcesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  • United States Congress. "Joseph A. Goulden (id: G000344)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Joseph A. Goulden at Find a Grave
  • Joseph A. Goulden, Late a Representative from New York. US Government Printing Office (Washington, DC). 1917.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John H. Ketcham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Stephen B. Ayres
Preceded by
Henry S. De Forest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William S. Bennet