Justus Goebel

Justus Goebel, Sr. (July 21, 1858 – March 11, 1919) of Covington, Kentucky was a Kentucky delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention[1] and a tax-reform advocate. He was president of Lowry & Goebel.[2]

Justus Goebel
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Goebel in 1912
Born(1858-07-21)July 21, 1858
DiedMarch 11, 1919(1919-03-11) (aged 60)
Resting placeHighland Cemetery
Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
SpouseElizabeth Reynolds
RelativesWilliam J. Goebel (brother)


He was born on July 21, 1858 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania to Wilhelm Goebel and Augusta Groenkle. He had brothers William J. Goebel and Arthur Goebel and sister Minnie Goebel Braunecker.[3][4]

He married Elizabeth Reynolds and they had three children, Lieutenant Justus Goebel II (1892–1957); Captain William Arthur Goebel (born 1887 ), who both served in the American Expeditionary Forces; and Lilie Goebel Heusch, of Columbus, Ohio.[2][4]


Goebel was a co-owner of the Lowry & Goebel carpet company.[5][6]

A tax attorney, he was an advocate of tax reform in Kentucky[4] and advocated for reevaluation of corporate assets.[7] In a speech after his brother's assassination in 1900, Gobel accused corporate interests of being behind the crime and demanded that "The guilty in high places be uncovered, and justice be done to them."[8]

His brother died in 1900, and in 1901 Goebel was indicted for bribery.[9] In 1910 he moved to near Phoenix, Arizona for health reasons.[2][10]

He was a delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention from Kentucky.[1] He died on March 11, 1919, in Cincinnati, Ohio of the Spanish flu.[2][11] Goebel was buried at Highland Cemetery in Covington.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Justus Goebel". Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Justus Goebel. The Grand Rapids furniture record, Volume 38. 1919. Justus Goebel, 59 years old, president of Lowry & Goebel, one of the largest furniture and home outfitting establishments in Cincinnati, died March 11, from influenza, at his home, 635 Lincoln avenue. Mr. Goebel was a brother of Governor William Goebel, who was assassinated in the capitol building grounds at Frankfort, Ky., 20 years ago. Mr. Goebel was born in Carbondale, Pa. Nine years ago his health became impaired, and he went to Arizona to seek relief. Returning to Cincinnati, he again became actively associated in the business of Lowry & Goebel, guiding the destinies of that concern up to the time of his death. ...
  3. ^ Obituary record of graduates of Yale University. Yale University. 1919. Arthur Goebel, son of Frederick [sic] Goebel, was born March 22, 1863, at Carbondale, Pa., and was fitted for college in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...
  4. ^ a b c "DEATH SUMMONS JUSTUS GOEBEL: Famous As Lawyer and Tax Expert". The Courier-Journal. March 12, 1919. ProQuest 1036994415.
  5. ^ "A $275,000 BLAZE IN CINCINNATI: Tea House Destroyed and Other Buildings Damaged-- Lowry & Goebel Lose a Warehouse". Courier-Journal. February 3, 1904. ProQuest 1016322887.
  6. ^ "VALUABLE PAPERS: REPORTED LOST IN LOWRY & GOEBEL FIRE IN CINCINNATI PERTAIN TO RECENT TRIALS Damage To Firm Estimated At About $100,000, Covered By Insurance". Courrier-Journal. December 13, 1901. ProQuest 1016827232.
  7. ^ "Justus Goebel Makes Strong Speech at Meeting". Licking Valley courier. November 21, 1912. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Justus Goebel's Demand". New York Times. February 9, 1900.
  9. ^ "Justus Goebel Indicted By Grand Jury". The Evening News. July 16, 1901. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  10. ^ Hurst, Harry (November 26, 1905). "THE WESTERN HOME OF THE BROTHER OF THE LATE GOV. WILLIAM GOEBEL: WHAT JUSTUS GOEBEL HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS SEARCH FOR HEalth in Arizona". Courier-Journal. ProQuest 1012407532.
  11. ^ a b "Justus Goebel Victim of Flu". The Lexington Herald. March 12, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved June 2, 2022 – via Newspapers.com. 

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