Charles Ellsworth GOODELL, Congress, NY (1926-1987)

Senate Years of Service:

GOODELL, Charles Ellsworth, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., March 16, 1926; attended the public schools of Jamestown; graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1948; during the Second World War served in the United States Navy as a seaman second class 1944-1946, and in the United States Air Force as a first lieutenant during the Korean conflict 1952-1953; graduated from Yale University School of Law in 1951; received a graduate degree from Yale University Graduate School of Government in 1952; teacher at Quinnipiac College, New Haven, Conn. 1952; admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1951, the New York bar in 1954, and commenced practice in Jamestown, N.Y.; congressional liaison assistant for the Department of Justice 1954-1955; elected in a special election on May 26, 1959, as a Republican to the Eighty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Daniel A. Reed; reelected to the Eighty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from May 26, 1959, until his resignation September 9, 1968; appointed on September 10, 1968, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and served from September 10, 1968, to January 3, 1971; unsuccessful candidate for election to a full term in 1970; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Washington, D.C., until his death there on January 21, 1987; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, N.Y.


Goodell, Charles E. Political Prisoners in America. New York: Random House, 1973.

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