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Joseph A. Goulden

Joseph Aloysius Goulden (August 1, 1844 – May 3, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born on August 1, 1844 in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, he attended the schools of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Taneytown, Maryland, graduated from Eagleton Institute in Taneytown, and received his certification as a teacher when he was 18. Goulden was present when Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, and heard the speech in person.[1]

Goulden served during the American Civil War as a member of the United States Marine Corps in 1864 and 1865. Goulden rose to the rank of Sergeant, saw combat in battles including Drewry's Bluff, where the ship he was on received fire from the shore and he was wounded.[2]

After the war Goulden was a teacher and principal at public and parochial schools in Emmitsburg, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia, and served as a member of the board of managers of Pennsylvania's state reformatory in Morganza, Pennsylvania. In 1870 he relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he established himself in the insurance business as a Manager for Penn Mutual Life Insurance. From 1882 to 1886 he served on the military staff of Governor Robert E. Pattison with the rank of Colonel.[3]

In 1889 Goulden moved to New York City, where he pursued business investments in addition to remaining active in insurance. Among his ventures was the Chelan Consolidated Copper Company, of which he was President.[4] He was also the principal of an insurance agency, J. A. Goulden & Son.[5]

Goulden later moved to The Bronx. He was active in several veterans' and civic causes, including the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association.[6] and the state and city school systems and the College of the City of New York.[7] He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, a member of the board of trustees of the Bath, New York soldiers' home, and Secretary of the commission that erected the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Riverside Drive.[8][9]

Goulden also spent summers and holidays at Glenburn, a country home in Taneytown which had been in his family for several generations.[10]

Political career

Goulden was active politics as a Democrat, and was identified with Tammany Hall. In 1902 he was elected to the Fifty-eighth. He was reelected to the three succeeding Congresses, and served from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1911. He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1910.[11][12]

In 1912 Goulden was elected to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death.[13]

Death and burial

He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1915, expiring at Broad Street Station while in town to attend a meeting of the Penn Mutual Insurance Board of Trustees, of which he was a member.[14] He was interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Taneytown.[15]


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Preceded by
John H. Ketcham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Stephen B. Ayres
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