John M. Goodenow

John Milton Goodenow (* 1782 in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire; † July 20, 1838 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American lawyer and politician. In the years 1829 and 1830, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Goodenow attended the common schools and worked in the trade. After a subsequent law degree in 1813 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Steubenville (Ohio ) to work in this profession. In 1817, the tax authorities initiated in the sixth tax district of Ohio. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In 1823 he was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1828 Goodenow was in the eleventh electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John C. Wright on March 4, 1829. This office he held until his resignation on 9 April 1830. During this time it was discussed in Congress violently on the policies of President Jackson. Goodenows resignation was after his appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio. But this office he was able to exercise until the summer of 1830 for a few months because of health problems.

In 1832 he moved to Cincinnati, where he became in 1832 Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal. In the presidential elections of 1832 Goodenow was one of the electors for Andrew Jackson. In November 1837 he moved to Texas, where he hoped to improve his ailing health. On the way back to Ohio, he died on July 20, 1838 in New Orleans. He was buried in Cincinnati.