Wells Goodykoontz (June 3, 1872 – March 2, 1944) was a Republican politician from the U.S. state of West Virginia who served in the West Virginia Legislature representing Mingo County. He was President of the West Virginia Senate from 1917 to 1919, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the now-defunct 5th congressional district of West Virginia. He served during the 66th and 67th United States Congresses.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from West Virginia's 5th district
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923
|Preceded by||Edward Cooper|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Jefferson Lilly|
|President of the Senate of West Virginia|
1917 – December 1, 1918
|Preceded by||Edward T. England|
|Succeeded by||Charles A. Sinsel|
|Born||June 3, 1872|
|Died||March 2, 1944 (aged 71)|
|Resting place||Williamson, West Virginia|
Congressman Goodykoontz was born near Newbern, Virginia in Pulaski County on June 3, 1872. He was educated under private tutors and attended Oxford Academy at Floyd, Virginia as well as the law department of Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and began practicing law at Williamson, West Virginia in 1894. He also worked in banking.
He served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1911 and 1912. He then served as a member of the State Senate from 1914 to 1918. He was President of the Senate and Lieutenant Governor (ex officio) from 1917 until December 1, 1918.
He served as president of the West Virginia Bar Association in 1917 and 1918. He chaired the central legal advisory board for West Virginia during the First World War. In 1918, he won election as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress and in 1920, won re-election to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923). His candidacy for re-election in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress was unsuccessful. He returned to his law practice and banking interests in Williamson as well as becoming a writer. He died in Cincinnati on March 2, 1944. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Williamson.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- United States Congress. "Wells Goodykoontz (id: G000308)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Edward T. England
| President of the West Virginia Senate
Charles A. Sinsel
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 5th congressional district
Thomas Jefferson Lilly
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