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GOODWIN, Ichabod, governor of New Hampshire, born in North Berwick, New Hampshire. 10 October, 1796; died in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1882. His education was received at the South Berwick academy. Shortly after leaving that institution he entered the counting-house of Samuel Lord, a merchant and ship-owner of Portsmouth. He became supercargo and afterward master of one of his employer's ships, and followed the sea till 1832, when he established himself in Portsmouth as a merchant. He was six times a representative in the legislature between 1838 and 1856, and was a delegate at large from New Hampshire to the National conventions at which Clay, Taylor, and Scott were nominated by the Whigs for the presidency, serving as vice-president of the first two bodies. He served twice in constitutional conventions, and was several times an unsuccessful Whig candidate for congress, being the last nominee of that party for governor of the state. In 1859 he was the successful Republican candidate for the same office, and was reelected for the succeeding term, which expired in June, 1861. When President Lincoln made his call for troops in 1861 the legislature was not in session, and the municipal banking institutions undertook the task of raising and equipping troops. Governor Goodwin accepted $680,000, and with this sum raised and equipped ten regiments. Governor Goodwin was active in the Unitarian Church, and was widely known for his charities. He was connected with many railroad and other corporations, and with charitable institutions.
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