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Richard Goodell

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Richard Goodell July 18, 1784 - January 25, 1826 was an American military officer and politician who served as Speaker of the New York State Assembly


Born in Pomfret, Connecticut on July 18, 1784, he was the son of Richard Goodell, Sr a veteran of the American Revolution and Mercy Parkhurst Goodell1 Goddell lived in Adams, New York and owned a farm2

He served in the United States Army and New York Militia, and attained the rank of Major He was a veteran of the 23rd Infantry Regiment in the War of 1812, and participated in the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor3456

A Democratic-Republican, he identified with the Bucktails, the faction opposed to the policies of Governor DeWitt Clinton He was a member of the New York State Assembly from Jefferson County from 1820 to 1821, and from 1823 to 1825 In 1824, he was elected Speaker

In 1825, he was appointed Keeper of Auburn State Prison He died suddenly in Auburn on January 25, 1826 He is buried at Adams Rural Cemetery His epitaph reads:

Sacred to the Memory of the Hon Richard Goodell, who departed this life 25th Jan, 1826 in the 42nd year of his age
Here lies a soldier
Here a brave man rests7

In April 1826, the State Legislature ordered the payment of the remainder of his annual salary to his widow, Hetty Tyler Goodell 1783-185689


  1. ^ Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 Barbour Collection, birth record for Richard Goodell, retrieved February 26, 2014
  2. ^ Jefferson County Historical Society, Transactions of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Volume 1, 1887, page 173
  3. ^ Patrick Wilder, Battle of Sackett's Harbour: 1813, 1994, pages 174, 176, 178
  4. ^ US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, entry for Richard Goodell, retrieved February 26, 2014
  5. ^ US Army Adjutant General, Register of the Army of the United States, 1813, page 28
  6. ^ New York Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1820, page 2132
  7. ^ Richard Goodell at Find a Grave
  8. ^ Hetty Tyler Goodell at Find a Grave
  9. ^ Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 Barbour Collection, entry for Richard Goodell, Jr, retrieved February 26, 2014


  • John Stilwell Jenkins: History of Political Parties in the State of New-York Alden & Markham, Auburn NY, 1846
  • Richard Goodell at Political Graveyard
  • Obit in Monroe Republican, February 7, 1826
  • History at Ray's Place, mention at History of Adams NY
  • Google Book The New York Civil List, compiled by Franklin B Hough Weed, Parsons & Co, Albany NY, 1858
  • The Laws of New York
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter R Livingston
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Clarkson Crolius

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