GOODRICH, Elizur, (1761 - 1849)


GOODRICH, Elizur, (brother of Chauncey Goodrich), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Durham, Middlesex County, Conn., March 24, 1761; pursued preparatory studies and was graduated from Yale College in 1779; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Haven in 1783; member of the State house of representatives 1795-1802, during which time he served as clerk of the house for six sessions and as speaker in two; Federalist presidential elector in 1796; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); had been reelected to the Seventh Congress, but resigned, effective March 3, 1801, having been appointed by President John Adams on February 19, 1801, collector of customs at New Haven; removed from that office by President Thomas Jefferson; elected in 1803 to the Governor’s council, which office he held until the change in the State constitution in 1818; professor of law in Yale College 1801-1810; judge of the probate court 1802-1818; also chief judge of the county court 1805-1818; member of the city council and board of aldermen for several years; served as mayor of New Haven 1803-1822; member of the corporation of Yale College 1809-1818 and secretary of the same until 1846; died in New Haven, Conn., November 1, 1849; interment in Grove Street Cemetery.