Calvin Goddard (politician)

Calvin Goddard ( born July 17, 1768 in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, † May 2, 1842 in Norwich, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1801 and 1805 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Calvin Goddard initially attended the Plainfield Academy and then studied until 1786 at Dartmouth College in Hanover (New Hampshire). After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1790 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Plainfield.

Politically, Goddard member of the Federalist Party, founded by Alexander Hamilton. Between 1795 and 1801 he was a member of the House of Connecticut. Following the resignation of Congressman Elizur Goodrich in 1801 he was in the state far discharged election as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. In the following two regular congressional elections in the years 1802 and 1804 Goddard was confirmed in each case. He assumed his mandate on 14 May 1801, and practiced it out until 1805, but came back before a meeting of the konstitutierenden 1804 elected Congress.

In 1807, Goddard was again elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut, whose president he became. In the same year he moved to Norwich, where he worked as a lawyer. Between 1808 and 1815, Goddard was a member of the Governing Council of Connecticut. In 1812 he served as a Federalist presidential elector. In 1814, Goddard was a delegate to a meeting in Hartford, on the was advised of a possible exit of the New England states from the Union. Background was the resistance of these States against the British -American War of 1812. For an exit, however, was no majority. Between 1815 and 1818 Goddard worked as a judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut. In addition, he served from 1814 to 1834 as mayor of Norwich. Calvin Goddard died on 2 May 1842 in this city.