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Goodwin, Charles Carroll

Lawrence I. Berkove

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Goodwin, Charles Carroll (04 April 1832–25 August 1917), editor and author, was born near Rochester, New York. (The identities of his parents are unknown.) Before finding his forte as a journalist, Goodwin tried a number of careers early in life: schoolteacher, lawyer, rancher, and miner. After going to California when he was twenty, Goodwin studied law and, until he discovered his aptitude at editing, taught school and practiced law. Like many other men of talent, Goodwin was attracted in the early 1860s to the newly discovered Comstock Lode in Nevada by the accounts of its great riches. He tried his hand at ranching and mining there without much success. While Nevada was still a territory, he served briefly as a probate judge. After Nevada became a state in 1864, he was elected district judge of Wahoe County, Nevada, and served for two years. This earned him the sobriquet of “Judge.” By 1867 he had again tried his luck with mining, again without success. He then turned to politics and was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress in 1872. In 1874 he became the private secretary of William Sharon, one of the Comstock’s wealthiest, most powerful, and most ruthless entrepreneurs. In 1877 he married Alice Maynard of Carson City, Nevada; they had two children....

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Subjects: Journalism

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