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GOODWIN, Isaac, author, born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 28 June, 1786; died in Worcester, Massachusetts, 16 September, 1832. He was educated in Plymouth, studied law there, practised his profession, and held local offices in Stirling and Worcester, Massachusetts From 1813 till 1832 he was a member and councillor of the American antiquarian society of Worcester. Besides many addresses and orations, he published "History of the Town of Stirling, Massachusetts" (Worcester, 1815); "The Town Officer" (1824); and "The New England Sheriff " (1830).--His son, John Abbott, author, born in Stirling, Massachusetts, 21 May, 1824; died in Lowell, Mass, 21 September, 1884, was educated at the Rensselaer polytechnic institute in the class of 1847, but was not graduated. He was in the Massachusetts legislature in 1854-'7 and 1859-'61, serving in the last years as speaker of the house, held local offices in Lowell, and delivered many speeches. Among his publications are " The Pilgrim Fathers neither Puritans nor Persecutors" (Lowell, 1875) and "The Pilgrim Republic" (Boston, 1888).
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