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GODDARD, Calvin, jurist, born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, 17 July, 1768; died in Norwich, Connecticut. 2 May, 1842. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1786, studied law with Oliver Ellsworth, was admitted to the bar in 1790, and settled in Plainfield, Connecticutt. In 1791 he was sent to the state legislature, and, with re-elections, continued to serve until 1801, being speaker during the last three years. He was then elected to congress from Connecticut, and held his seat for two terms--from 7 December 1801, till 13 March, 1805. He removed to Norwich in 1807, and was a member of the state executive council from 1808 till 1815. He was a presidential elector in 1812, and a delegate to the Hartford convention in 1814. From 1815 till 1818 he was judge of the superior court of Connecticut. Subsequently, for five years, he held the office of district attorney for the County of New London, and for seventeen years was mayor of Norwich.
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