Joseph A. Goulden
Joseph Aloysius Goulden
Frontispiece of 1917's Joseph A. Goulden, Late a Representative
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
March 4, 1913 – May 3, 1915
|Preceded by||Henry S. De Forest|
|Succeeded by||William Stiles Bennet|
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
|Preceded by||John H. Ketcham|
|Succeeded by||Stephen B. Ayres|
|Born||August 1, 1844|
Littlestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||May 3, 1915 (aged 70)|
Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Resting place||St. Joseph's Cemetery, Taneytown, Maryland, U.S.|
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
Pennsylvania National Guard
|Years of service||1864–1866 (Marine Corps)|
1882-1886 (National Guard)
|Rank||Sergeant (Marine Corps)|
Colonel (National Guard)
|Unit||Marine Detachment, USS Don (Marine Corps)|
Military Staff, Governor Robert E. Pattison (National Guard)
|Battles/wars||American 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.
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.
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.
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. He was also the principal of an insurance agency, J. A. Goulden & Son.
Goulden later moved to The Bronx. He was active in several veterans' and civic causes, including the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association. and the state and city school systems and the College of the City of New York. 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.
Goulden also spent summers and holidays at Glenburn, a country home in Taneytown which had been in his family for several generations.
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.
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. He was interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Taneytown.
- United National Association of Postal Clerks, The Post Office Clerk magazine, Volumes 13-14, June, 1915, page 6
- New York Times, J. A. Goulden Drops Dead: Bronx Congressman Had Just Arrived in Philadelphia, May 4, 1915
- Pennsylvania Society of New York, Year Book, 1916, pages 58-59
- Horace J. Stevens, A Manual of the Coper Industry of the World, Volume X, 1911, page 594
- The Standard, High Compliment for J. A. Goulden, Volume 73, August 30, 1913, page 215
- Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, Bulletin of the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, Volumes 7-9, 1914, page 9
- College of the City of New York, Proceedings of the Board of Trustees, 1895, page 71
- D. Appleton and Company, Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia, Volume VII, 1903, pages 426-427
- Directory of Social and Health Agencies of New York, New York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, 1909, page 135
- Tyler J. Boone, Taneytown, 2004, page 63
- New York Times, Congressman J.A. Goulden, November 4, 1903
- New York Times, Old Guard Won't Make Primary Fight, September 13, 1910
- Gettysburg Times, Joseph Goulden Falls Over Dead, May 3, 1915
- Adams County News, Joseph Goulden Falls Over Dead, May 8, 1915
- Insurance & Commercial Magazine, Death of Col. J. A. Goulden, Volume 78, 1915, page 114
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- 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|
John H. Ketcham
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district
Stephen B. Ayres
Henry S. De Forest
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district
William S. Bennet