Hannibal Lafayette Godwin

Hannibal Lafayette Godwin (* November 3, 1873 in Dunn, North Carolina, † June 9, 1929 ) was an American politician. Between 1907 and 1921 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Hannibal Godwin attended the public schools of his home and then later Duke University in Durham. After a subsequent law studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his 1896 was admitted to the bar he began in Dunn to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1897 he was elected mayor of his hometown; In 1903 he became a member of the Senate of North Carolina. He also sat in the years 1904-1906 in the State Board of his party.

In the congressional elections of 1906 he was in the sixth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Gilbert B. Patterson on March 4, 1907. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1921 seven legislative sessions. In this time of the First World War fell. Between 1913 and 1920, the 16th, the 17th, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. From 1911 to 1919 Godwin was chairman of the Committee on the reform of the civil service.

In 1920, he was not nominated by his party for re-election. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again. Hannibal Godwin died on June 9, 1929 in Dunn, where he was also buried.