William Goode (politician)

William Osborne Goode ( born September 16, 1798 in Inglewood, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; † July 3, 1859 in Boydton, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1859 he represented two times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Goode attended the common schools and then studied until 1819 at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. After a subsequent law degree in 1821 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Boydton to work in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In 1822 and from 1824 to 1832 he sat in the House of Representatives of Virginia. Between 1829 and 1830 he was part of a delegation to revise the Constitution of Virginia. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. He was a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In 1832 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. Between 1839 and 1852 he was several times a deputy in the State Parliament. He served three times as president of the house.

In the congressional elections of 1840 Goode was in the fourth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Walter Coles on March 4, 1841. Since he resigned in 1842 to run again, he could prefer to take only one term in Congress until March 3, 1843. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

In 1852, William Goode was re-elected in the fourth district of his state in Congress, where he Thomas Stanley Bocock replaced on March 4, 1853. After three re- elections he could remain until his death on July 3, 1859 in Parliament. This time was determined by the events leading up to the Civil War. Since 1857, Goode was chairman of the Committee for the administration of the Federal District District of Columbia.