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John Goode

John Goode, Jr.
John Goode, Jr. portrait, between 1865 and 1880
3rd Solicitor General of the United States
In office
May 1885 – August 1886
Appointed by Grover Cleveland
Preceded by Samuel F. Phillips
Succeeded by George A. Jenks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by James H. Platt, Jr.
Succeeded by John F. Dezendorf
Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by Gilbert C. Walker
Succeeded by Jonathan T. Updegraff
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Norfolk County
In office
Alongside J. C. Langhorne, A. F. Leonard and Thomas Butt
Member of the Confederate States House of Representatives from Virginia's 6th district
In office
February 22, 1862 – March 18, 1865
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Bedford County
In office
Alongside Samuel Davis
Personal details
Born (1829-05-27)May 27, 1829
Bedford County, Virginia
Died July 14, 1909(1909-07-14) (aged 80)
Norfolk, Virginia
Resting place Longwood Cemetery
Bedford, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Emory and Henry College
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Occupation Politician, lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate Army
Rank Colonel
Unit Jubal Early's Staff
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Goode, Jr. (May 27, 1829 – July 14, 1909) was a prominent Virginia Democratic politician who served in the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War and then was a three-term postbellum United States Congressman, as well as the acting Solicitor General of the United States.


Goode was born in Bedford County, Virginia. He was graduated at Emory & Henry College in 1848, studied law at Lexington Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1851. In the latter year he was elected a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and in 1861 sat in the State convention that passed the ordinance of secession.

With the impending dissolution of the United States in 1861, Goode was elected to the Virginia secession convention. With the affirmative vote and Virginia's subsequent secession, Goode was elected to both the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress, serving from February 22, 1862, until the end of the war, and during the recesses of that body acted as volunteer aide on the staff of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early.

After the war, Goode resumed his law practice and again served in the state House of Delegates in 1866 and 1867. Like many high-ranking ex-Confederates, Goode had his civil rights restored 9under the provisions of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. In 1887, Goode moved to Norfolk and engaged in the practice of the law in Washington, D.C. Shortly after he moved to Norfolk, he was again elected to the Virginia legislature.

He was then chosen to the Forty-fourth United States Congress as a Democrat. He was re-elected to the Forty-fifth United States Congress and the Forty-sixth United States Congress, serving from December 6, 1875, until March 3, 1881. He was Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor during his last two terms.

Goode was a member of the Democratic National Conventions of 1868 and 1872, and was a presidential elector in 1852, 1856, and 1884.

In May 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed Goode as the acting Solicitor General of the United States, and he retained the office until August 1886. During his term of service, he visited British Columbia to represent the United States in an extradition case.

He later served on the United States and Chilean Claims Commission and was President of the Virginia Bar Association. He also was President of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901 and 1902.

Goode died at the age of 80 in Norfolk

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