John Z. Goodrich

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John Z. Goodrich
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Julius Rockwell (7th)
11th District reissued in 1853
Succeeded by Nathaniel P. Banks (7th)
Mark Trafton (11th)
Constituency 7th district (1851–53)
11th district (1853–55)
24th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 1, 1861 – March 29, 1861
Governor John Albion Andrew
Preceded by Eliphalet Trask
Succeeded by John Nesmith
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston
In office
Preceded by James Scollay Whitney
Succeeded by Hannibal Hamlin
Personal details
Born (1804-09-27)September 27, 1804
Sheffield, Massachusetts
Died April 19, 1885(1885-04-19) (aged 80)
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Political party Whig
Profession Lawyer

John Zacheus Goodrich was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts on September 27, 1804. He attended the common schools and Lenox Academy. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and engaged in manufacturing; he graduated from Williams College in 1848.[1]

Goodrich served in the Massachusetts State Senate, and was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1855). He was a member of the 1861 Peace Conference held in Washington, D.C.. He was elected as a Republican Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1860 and served from January 1, 1861, until his resignation on March 29, 1861. He also served as the president of the Union Emigration Society, a group dedicated to organizing the North for political action.[2]

Goodrich was appointed collector of customs at Boston on March 13 and served until March 11, 1865. He retired from public life and died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on April 19, 1885. His interment was in Stockbridge Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Julius Rockwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
Nathaniel P. Banks
Preceded by
District re-established
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855
Succeeded by
Mark Trafton
Political offices
Preceded by
Eliphalet Trask
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
John Nesmith