Calvin GODDARD, Congress, CT (1768-1842)


GODDARD, Calvin, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Mass., July 17, 1768; attended Plainfield (Conn.) Academy, where he pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1790 and commenced practice in Plainfield, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1795-1801; elected as a Federalist to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elizur Goodrich; reelected to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served from May 14, 1801, until his resignation in 1805 before the convening of the Ninth Congress; again elected to the State house of representatives in 1807 and served as a speaker; moved to Norwich, Conn., in 1807 and resumed the practice of his profession; member of the executive council 1808-1815; presidential elector on the ticket of Clinton and Ingersoll in 1812; delegate to the Hartford Convention in 1814; judge of the superior court in 1815 and 1818; mayor of Norwich 1814-1834; died in Norwich, Conn., May 2, 1842; interment in the City Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present