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GOODE, William Osborne, legislator, born in Mecklenburgh County, Virginia, 16 September, 1798; died in Boydton, Virginia, 3 July, 1859. He was graduated at William mad Mary, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1821, beginning the practice of his profession at Boydton. He was for many years a member of the legislature, taking an active part in the debates on slavery in 1832, and was sent as a delegate to the State reform convention in 1827-'32. He was afterward elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 31 May, 1841, till 3 March, 1843. He was again, for several successive years, chosen to the state legislature, and was three times elected speaker of the Virginia house of delegates. He was a member of the State constitutional convention of 1850, and was again elected to congress, serving from 5 December 1853, to 3 March, 1859. He was re-elected, but died before taking his seat. Regarding slavery, he was in favor of gradual emancipation.
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