|Benjamin F. Goodrich||Founder of B. F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Co.|
|Chauncey Goodrich||Congressman, Senator, Lt. Gov of Connecticut|
|Chauncey Allen Goodrich||Son-in-law of Noah Webster, updated the Webster Dictionary|
|Elizur Goodrich||Congressman, presidential appointee|
|Elizur Goodrich, Sr.||Astronomer, clergyman|
|Grant Goodrich||Prominent Judge in Chicago / Uncle of B. F. Goodrich|
|Samuel Griswold Goodrich||Noted author under pen name: Peter Parley|
|William Tecumseh Sherman||Civil War General|
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Founder of B. F. Goodrich
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Congressman, Senator, Lt. Governor of Connecticut
Son-in-law of Oliver Wolcott - Signer
He was a member of the State house of representatives in 1793 and
1794; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses
(March 4, 1795-March 3, 1801); resumed the practice of law in Hartford;
member of the State executive council 1802-1807; elected to the United
States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Uriah Tracy; reelected,
and served from October 25, 1807, until May 1813, when he resigned to become
Lieutenant Governor; elected mayor of Hartford in June 1812 and Lieutenant
Governor of Connecticut in 1813, holding both offices at the time of his
death; delegate to the Hartford Convention in 1814; died in Hartford, Conn.,
August 18, 1815; interment in the Old North Cemetery."
"GOODRICH, Chauncey, senator, was born in Durham, Conn., Oct. 20,
1759; son of the Rev. Elizur Goodrich, educator. He was graduated at Yale,
A.B., 1776; A.M., 1779; studied law, was tutor in Yale, 1779-81, and was
admitted to the bar in 1781. He attained prominence as a lawyer; represented
Hartford in the state legislature, 1793; was a representative in the 4th,
5th and 6th congresses, 1795-1801; a member of Governor Trumbull's council,
1802-07; U.S. senator, 1807-13, and lieutenant-governor of Connecticut,
1813-15. He also served as mayor of Hartford, and as a delegate to the
Hartford convention of 1814. He was married to Mary Ann, daughter of Oliver
Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He died in Hartford,
Conn., Aug. 18, 1815."
See lineage of his nephew, Chauncey Allen, following....
Son-in-law of Noah Webster
Updated Webster's Dictionary
He was graduated at Yale, A.B., 1810; A.M., 1813, and was tutor there, 1812-14. He studied theology, was ordained in 1816, and settled as pastor of the Congregational church, Middletown, Conn., 1816-17. He was professor of rhetoric and English literature in Yale college, 1817-39, declined the presidency of Williams college, to which he was elected in 1820, and was professor of the pastoral charge at Yale divinity school, 1839-60. He was a complimentary and honorary member of many learned societies, a liberal benefactor of the Yale divinity school, established the Christian Quarterly Spectator in 1829, and was its editor, 1829-38. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from Brown university in 1835.
He was married to a daughter of Noah Webster, the philologist, and in 1828 he commenced the abridgment of Webster's "American Dictionary" in which work he was aided by Benjamin Silliman, Denison Olmsted and others, and it was issued in 1847. He also prepared the "Universal" edition issued in 1856 and the supplement in 1859. At the time of his death he was envied on a thorough revision of the dictionary, which was completed by Noah Porter in 1864. He was one of the "committee on versions" for the American Bible society and engaged in preparing a new edition of the Bible with English text. He published a Greek grammar (1814); British Eloquence (1831); Greek and Latin Lessons (1832); and a revised edition of his second book as Select British Eloquence (1852). He died in New Haven, Conn., Feb, 25, 1860."
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............5 Chauncey Goodrich 1759 - 1815
U. S. Congressman 1794-1800
................ +Abigail Smith 1759 -
*2nd Wife of Chauncey Goodrich:
.................. +Mary Ann Wolcott 1759 - 1805
Daughter of Oliver Wolcott -
Signer of Declaration of Independence
........... 5 Elizur Goodrich 1761 - 1849
U. S. Congressman 1799-1801
.................+Anne Williard Allen
............... 6 Chauncey Allen Goodrich 1790 - 1860
....................+Frances Juliana Webster 1793 -
Daughter of Noah Webster
Congressman, Community Leader
He was graduated at Yale A.B., 1779; A.M., 1782. He studied law; was a tutor in Yale, 1781-83; lawyer in New Haven, Conn., 1783-99; presidential elector in 1797, and a representative in the 6th congress, 1799-1801. He was collector of customs by appointment of President John Adams, 1801, but was removed by President Jefferson the same year and this action was the occasion for Jefferson to announce his approval of the spoils system which he denominated "removal for political opinion." He was probate judge for seventeen years, judge of the county court twelve years, professor of law in Yale college from the foundation of the chair in 1801 to 1810; mayor of New Haven, 1803-22; secretary of the corporation of Yale college, 1816-46, and received from that institution the degree of LL.D. in 1830. He died in New Haven, Conn., Nov. 1, 1849.
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18th Century Astronomer, Clergyman
Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography, page 409
See lineage under the sketch for his grandson, Chauncey Allen Goodrich
Prominent Lawyer and Judge - Early Chicago
Uncle of B. F. Goodrich
In 1817 Gideon Goodrich removed with his family to Chautauqua County, N. Y., and here the subject of our sketch received his early education in his father's house from a teacher whose pupils consisted mainly of the Goodrich children. Some five years later young Goodrich went to live with a married sister at Westfield, in the same county, where he had an opportunity to get an inkling of the higher English branches and of the Greek and Latin classics under the guidance of a resident lawyer. About 1825 being it was thought predisposed to consumption, he took to lake navigation in the vessels of his brother, a shipowner of Portland Harbor on Lake Erie, whither his father had also removed. In 1827 with a physical system strengthened beyond expectation by the air and exercise of two years of seafaring life, young Goodrich, now in his sixteenth year, returned to Westfield to prosecute his studies at the Academy of that place. In 1830, he there entered the law office of Dixon & Smith; and in his twenty-second year set out for the West, arriving in Chicago, "early in May, 1834." Two months later he made a journey to Jacksonville, where he was examined and licensed by Judge Lockwood of the Supreme Court. As early as June, 1835, he formed a law partnership with A. N. Fullerton, which was chiefly devoted to the sale and renting of real estate, and was dissolved February 22, 1836. Within a few days Mr. Goodrich became the law partner of Giles Spring, and so continued until the election of the latter to the Bench in 1849.
Both partners found wives at Westfield, where Goodrich had been long and favorably known, and where he had joined the Methodist Church in 1832. He married Miss Juliet Atwater, July 24, 1836.
In common with almost every other enterprising citizen of the Chicago of 1837 the panic of that year found him involved on his own and others' account to the extent of $60,000, which it took many years to clear off, but which he eventually paid without abatement. He not only advocated payment in full of tall obligations by the State, city and individuals, but enforced the exhortation by example. In 1838, he was elected Alderman of the Sixth Ward, and was president of the Lyceum in 1839. The firm of Spring & Goodrich did a very respectable part of the law business of Chicago during the thirteen years of its continuance, the excellent personal habits of Mr. Goodrich being a valuable counterpoise to the unfortunate infirmity of Spring, while the legal ability of both commanded the confidence of clients. A short-lived partnership with Buckner S. Morris followed in 1850, and was dissolved in 1857, Mr. Goodrich practicing for a time alone. About this time he co-operated zealously with others for the establishment of the Northwestern University at Evanston. In 1852 he was partner of George Scoville, and in 1855 W. W. Farwell, now better known as Judge Farwell, joined them, the firm becoming Goodrich, Farwell & Scoville. In 1856 Sidney Smith took the place of Scoville, and the prestige of the firm was enhanced rather than diminished by the change, Goodrich, Farwell & Smith being universally. recognized as a strong combination.
In 1857, Mr. Goodrich's health gave way and under the advice of his physician he made a protracted tour of Europe, not returning home until the spring of 1859, when he was elected Associate Justice of the newly constituted Superior Court of Chicago, a position he retained until 1863, when he resumed his place in the law firm as constituted before his departure for Europe six years before.
In 1871, he lost considerable property by the fire, and it took about five years to recover from its results. In 1874 he withdrew from general practice, and has since devoted himself chiefly to the care of his property, and the encouragement of the various social, religious and benevolent interests of Chicago in which he has borne a share for more than half a century. Originally a Whig, and later a free-soiler and abolitionist bedrifted, easily into the Republican party, and was an earnest supporter of Lincoln's administration and the war for the Union. A temperance man on principle, he prefers high license to prohibition as a means of reducing the appalling volume of crime and poverty which spring from the liquor traffic.
As a Judge he ranked among the most absolutely impartial and thoroughly informed on the Bench of this city; and no taint or suspicion of unfaithfulness or venality has ever attached to his career as Judge, lawyer or citizen. His wide business experience and excellent personal habits, as well as his extended knowledge of the principles of law and ready familiarity with the statutes of Illinois, together with his firmness of character and soundness of judgment, have made him not only a successful advocate but a very valuable counselor. Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich are the parents of four sons and one daughter. One son died at the age of twenty-six, a studious, well educated and promising lawyer. Another son is now a member of the Chicago Bar. A third son is a manufacturer in Boston, and the fourth is a real estate dealer here. The daughter settled in St. Louis, on her marriage, but on the death of her husband returned to her father's house. Now (1883) in his seventy-second year, and in the enjoyment of exceptional health and vigor, Mr. Goodrich can look back on a more successful and better rounded life than most men.
HISTORY OF EARLY CHICAGO, MODERN CHICAGO AND ITS SETTLEMENT, EARLY CHICAGO, AND THE NORTHWEST BY ALBERT D. HAGER, page 269-70.
Grant Goodrich's line, from immigrant Willliam Goodrich, is:
Noted Author - Pen Name: Peter Parley
GOODRICH, Samuel Griswold, author, was born in Ridgefield, Conn., Aug. 19, 1793; brother of the Rev. Charles Augustus Goodrich.
He travelled abroad in 1823-24, and returned to the United States to become a book publisher in Hartford, Conn. He began the publication of historical, geographical and other school books and became in the same department a prolific writer. In 1828 he removed to Boston, Mass., and started The Token, which he edited till 1842. In that magazine Hawthorne's "Twice Told Tales" first appeared.
Mr. Goodrich was a member of the Massachusetts senate, 1838-39, edited Merry's Museum and Parley's Magazine, 1841-54; and was U.S. consul in Paris during President Fillmore's administration, 1851-55. While in Paris he arranged for the translation into French of his "Peter Parley series." Upon his return to the United States he made his home in New York city. He was the recipient of the honorary degree of M.A. from Williams in 1836 and from Yale in 1848. He is the author or editor of about 170 volumes, 116 of which were written under the pen name "Peter Parley." In his "Recollections of a Lifetime" (1856) he published a list and full account of his books, together with a list of spurious works claimed to have been written by him. This list of works occupies six pages and may be summed up as follows: miscellaneous works, including 14 volumes of The Token. 30 volumes; school books, 27 volumes; Peter Parley's Tales, 36 volumes; Parley's Historical Compends, 36 volumes; Parley's Miscellanies, 70 volumes. His last publication was Illustrated Natural History (2 vols., 1859).
He died in New York city, May 9, 1860.
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Brother of General William Sherman
His father, in 1810, removed from Norwalk, Conn., to Lancaster, Ohio, where he was a prominent lawyer; became a judge of the state supreme court under the constitution of 1802, and died at Lebanon, Ohio, June 24, 1829, leaving eleven children, John being the eighth.
He was brought up by his cousin, John Sherman, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, attended Homer academy, Lancaster. Pa., 1835-37, and obtained employment on the "Muskingum improvement," under Colonel Curtis, as junior rodman of an engineer corps in 1839. He was given charge of the work at Beverly, Ohio, in 1838, studied law with his brother Charles S. Sherman, at Mansfield. Ohio, was admitted to the bar on reaching his majority in 1844, and entered into partnership with his [p.346] brother at Mansfield.
He was a delegate to the Whig national convention at Philadelphia, Pa., June 7, 1848, and served as secretary of the convention.
He was married, Aug. 30, 1848, to Cecilia, daughter of Judge James Stewart of Mansfield, and established a mill for the manufacture of finishing lumber, which business he carried on in connection with his law practice.
He was a delegate to the Whig national convention at Baltimore, Md., June 16, 1852, where he supported the candidacy of Gen. Winfield Scott for the presidency. He removed to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1853, and was elected a Whig and Republican representative from the 13th Ohio district in the 34th, 35th, 36th and 37th congresses, serving 1855-61. He was president of the first Ohio Republican state convention in 1855 and was foremost in the organization of the Republican party.
He was a member of the committee of three appointed by the house of the 34th congress to investigate the Kansas troubles of 1855, and prepared the testimony and wrote the report, Representative Howard, the chairman, being ill. In 1856 he supported the nomination of John C. Frémont for President. He was chairman of the committee on ways and means in the 36th congress and introduced a resolution providing that a committee of fifteen be appointed to report on the subject of a railroad to the Pacific coast.
He secured the passage of a bill authorizing the issue of U.S. Treasury notes, in 1860. He succeeded Salmon P. Chase as U.S. senator from Ohio, in March, 1861, and served by successive re-elections till March 4, 1877.
He served as aide-de-camp without pay on the staff of Gen. Robert Patterson, in 1861, and raised largely at his own expense the Sherman brigade, consisting of two regiments of infantry, a cavalry squadron, and an artillery battery. He resumed his seat as U.S. senator, and in 1862, took charge of the national banking bill, and with Secretary Chase, secured its passage. He was chairman of the senate committee on finance and opposed the issue of 6 per cent. bonds; was the author of the refunding act which was passed in 1870, and was chairman of the committee that fixed the time for the resumption of specie payments. He supported the candidacy of Rutherford B. Hayes, for President, in 1856, and made a notable speech at Marietta, Ohio.
After the election he was a member of the "visiting committee" sent to Louisiana to watch the counting of votes and on the inauguration of President Hayes, March 4, 1877, he was appointed secretary of the treasury. He secured the sale of $200,000,000 worth of 4 per cent. bonds of which $15,000,000 was used for refunding purposes. In less than six months he was able to dispose of 4 per cent. bonds at par, and in July, 1878, he resumed specie payments with a balance of $140,000,000 in gold. He was a candidate for nomination for the presidency in 1880, and in 1881 was returned to the senate, being re-elected in 1887, and serving as chairman of the committee on foreign relations and as a member of the committee on expenditure of public money. He was president of the senate pro tempore, 1885-87, and was a candidate for the nomination for the presidency in 1884, and in 1888. He resigned his seat in the senate in 1897 to become secretary of state under President McKinley, but his health failed and after a short term of service he resigned, April 23, 1898, and retired to private life, being succeeded by William R. Day, assistant secretary of state. He is the author of: Selected Speeches and Reports on Finance and Taxation, 1859–78 (1879), and Memoirs (2 vols., 1896).
He died in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 1900.
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Civil War General
1 William 'The Elder' Goodrich 1613 - 1676
.. +Sarah Marvin 1617 - 1702
. 2 Elizabeth Goodrich 1658 - 1698
..... +Robert Welles 1648 - 1714
.... 3 Prudence Welles 1690 -
........ +Anthony Stoddard 1690 -
........ 4 Eliakim Stoddard 1720 -
............ +Joanna Curtis 1720 -
........... 5 Israel Stoddard 1750 -
............... +Elizabeth Read 1750 -
.............. 6 Elizabeth Stoddard 1780 -
.................. +Taylor Sherman 1780 -
.................. 7 Charles Robert Sherman 1800 -
...................... +Mary Hoyt 1800 -
..................... 8 William Tecumseh Sherman 1820 - 1891
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