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GOODWIN, William Frederick, author, born in Limington, Maine, 27 September, 1823: died in Concord, New Hampshire, 12 March, 1872. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1848, and taught in a high-school in Concord, New Hampshire, and in New Bedford, Massachusetts, from 1851 till 1853. He was then graduated at the Harvard law-school in 1854, and began practice in Concord in 1855. He was appointed 1st lieutenant of the 16th regular infantry in May, 1861, and after acting as mustering officer in New Hampshire, joined his regiment in March, 1863, and was engaged at the actions of Hoover's Gap and Chickamauga, where he was wounded. He was brevetted captain for gallant conduct in that battle, and was retired in 1865, from incapacity resulting from his wound, after receiving his promotion to a captaincy in 1864. After his retirement he was disbursing officer in Rhode Island in 1865, and was afterward on duty in Ohio and in the Department of the Potomac. Captain Goodwin gave much time to antiquarian and historical researches, and was a frequent contributor to the" Historical Magazine." He was the author of a "History of the Constitution of New Hampshire of 1776, 1784, 1792 " ;" Records of Narragansett Township, No. 1 " (printed privately, 1871); and at his death had in preparation "Narragansett, No. 2," now portions of adjoining towns, which, together with the last-named work, was to constitute a " History of Buxton, Maine, 1733-1811." He was also engaged on a " Biography of General Alexander Scammel," and left various manuscripts, which have not been published.
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