William Leftwich GOGGIN, Congress, VA (1807-1870)


GOGGIN, William Leftwich, a Representative from Virginia; born near Bunker Hill, Bedford County, Va., May 31, 1807; attended the country schools and was graduated from Tucker’s Law School, Winchester, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in Liberty (now Bedford), Va.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates in 1836 and 1837; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); unsuccessfully contested the election of Thomas W. Gilmer to the Twenty-eighth Congress; subsequently elected to the Twenty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas W. Gilmer and served from April 25, 1844, to March 4, 1845; was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; elected to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads (Thirtieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor in 1859; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1861; captain of Home Guards, Confederate Army, during the Civil War; resumed the practice of law; died on his estate near Liberty, Bedford County, Va., January 3, 1870; interment in Goggin Cemetery on the family estate near Bunker Hill, Va.

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