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GOODWIN, Daniel, jurist, born in Geneva, New York, 24 November, 1799; died in Detroit, Michigan, 24 August, 1887. He was graduated at Union College in 1820, studied law, and emigrated to Michigan. He was United States district attorney for Michigan in 1834-'41, judge of the Supreme Court in 1843-'50, president of the State constitutional convention of 1850, and a member of that of 1867. In 1850-'81 he was circuit judge for the upper peninsula of Michigan. Judge Goodwin served repeatedly in the legislature, and in 1851 appeared for the people in the trial known as the "railroad conspiracy ease."--His son, Daniel, born in New York City, 26 November, 1832, was graduated at Hamilton College in 1852, studied law in Auburn, New York, and Detroit, Michigan, and in 1855 was United States master in chancery for Michigan. He was judge-advocate of militia in 1856, and assistant United States attorney in Chicago in 1862-'4. He has been United States commissioner for Illinois since 1861, and a trustee of the Illinois eye and ear infirmary since 1866. He has published "James Pitts and his Sons in the American Revolution" (Chicago, 1882) ; "The Dearborns" (1884) ; "The Lord's Table" (1885) ; and "Provincial Pictures" (1886).
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