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Nathan Goff Jr.
Nathan Goff Jr.
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United States Senator
from West Virginia

April 1, 1913 - March 3, 1919
Clarence Wayland Watson
Davis Elkins
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

March 17, 1892 - March 31, 1913
Benjamin Harrison
Seat established by 26 Stat. 826
Charles Albert Woods
Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the Fourth Circuit

March 17, 1892 - December 31, 1911
Benjamin Harrison
Seat established by 26 Stat. 826
Seat abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st district

March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1889
Benjamin Wilson
John O. Pendleton
28th United States Secretary of the Navy

January 7, 1881 - March 4, 1881
PresidentRutherford B. Hayes
Richard W. Thompson
William H. Hunt
Personal details
Born(1843-02-09)February 9, 1843
Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia)
DiedApril 24, 1920(1920-04-24) (aged 77)
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Resting placeOdd Fellows Cemetery
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenGuy D. Goff
Parent(s)
RelativesLouise Goff Reece
ResidenceClarksburg, West Virginia
Alma materNew York University School of Law (LLB)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Union Army
Years of service1861–around 1864
RankArmy-USA-OF-07.svg Major
Unit3rd West Virginia Infantry Regiment
4th West Virginia Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Nathan Goff Jr. (February 9, 1843 - April 23, 1920) was a United States Representative from West Virginia, a Union Army officer, the 28th United States Secretary of the Navy during President Rutherford B. Hayes administration, a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and of the United States Circuit Courts for the Fourth Circuit and a United States Senator from West Virginia.

Early life and education

Born on February 9, 1843, in Clarksburg, Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia),[1] to Waldo Goff, who had five times won election to represent Harrison County in the Virginia House of Delegates. Goff attended the Northwestern Academy in Clarksburg and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.[2] He received a Bachelor of Laws in 1866 from New York University School of Law.[1]

American Civil War

Although his family owned several slaves, they favored the Union. During the American Civil War, Goff joined the Union Army in 1861; enlisting in the 3rd West Virginia Infantry Regiment.[2] He later became a major in the 4th West Virginia Cavalry Regiment.[2]

Postwar career

Goff became editor of the Clarksburg Telegraph beginning in 1866.[1] Admitted to the bar, he began his private legal practice in Clarksburg from 1866 to 1867.[1] He won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1867 to 1868.[1]

Goff then became the United States Attorney for the District of West Virginia from 1868 to 1881, and from 1881 to 1882.[1] He served as the 28th United States Secretary of the Navy in 1881.[1]

However, Goff failed to win election to Congress as a Republican candidate in 1870 and 1874.[2] He was also the Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia in 1876 and 1888, but voters instead elected the Democrat.[2]

United States Representative

Goff was elected as a Republican from West Virginia's 1st congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 48th, 49th and 50th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1889.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination.[2] Following his departure from Congress, Goff resumed private practice in Clarksburg from 1889 to 1892.[1]

Federal judicial service

Goff was nominated by President Benjamin Harrison on December 16, 1891, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Circuit Courts for the Fourth Circuit, to a new joint seat authorized by 26 Stat. 826.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 17, 1892, and received his commission the same day.[1] On December 31, 1911, the Circuit Courts were abolished and he thereafter served only on the Court of Appeals.[1] His service terminated on March 31, 1913, due to his resignation.[1]

United States Senator

Goff was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate for the term commencing March 4, 1913, but did not immediately take his seat, preferring to remain on the federal bench, and served from April 1, 1913, to March 3, 1919.[2] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1918.[2] He was Chairman of the Committee on Conservation of Natural Resources for the 65th United States Congress and Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Expositions for the 65th United States Congress.[2]

Death

Goff died on April 23, 1920, in Clarksburg.[1] He was interred in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Clarksburg.[2] He was the last surviving member of the Hayes Cabinet.

Family

Goff was the father of West Virginia United States Senator Guy D. Goff and grandfather of United States Representative from Tennessee Louise Goff Reece.[2]

Home

Goff's home at Clarksburg, the Nathan Goff Jr. House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It was delisted in 1994, after demolition in 1993.[3]

Namesake

The World War II destroyer USS Goff was named in his honor.[]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Nathan Goff at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l United States Congress. "Nathan Goff Jr. (id: G000255)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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1881
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U.S. House of Representatives
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1883-1889
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Legal offices
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Seat established by 26 Stat. 826

1892-1911
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Seat established by 26 Stat. 826

1892-1913
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U.S. Senate
Preceded by United States Senator (Class 2) from West Virginia
1913-1919
Served alongside: William E. Chilton, Howard Sutherland
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