Biography of Hon. Council J. Goodell
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HON. COUNCIL JULIAN GOODELL
Now holding eminent prestige as a judge of the superior court in San Francisco, and possessing a record of brilliant achievement through many years in the active practice of law in this city, is the Hon. Council Julian Goodell, who was born here February 18, 1885, and is a son of the late Council and Catherine C. (McNeeve) Goodell.

Council Goodell, the father, was born in Maine in the year 1842. The Goodell family is of English origin, the American branch having been early colonial settlers in Maine and Massachusetts. Judge Goodell's mother was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849, and was of Irish ancestry.

Judge Goodell has resided in San Francisco continuously with the exception of a few short absences prior to 1913. He was educated in the Christian Brothers College in this city, and was admitted to the practice of law in the year 1908. He then started his practice, and met with immediate and increasing success therein. As the years passed by, he became a well known figure in the ranks of the local bar, and his ability and accomplishments were recognized in May, 1928, when he was appointed to the superior bench by the governor of the state. In August, 1930, he was elected by the people for the six year term. From 1920 until 1923, he practiced in partnership with T. T. C. Gregory under the firm name of Gregory & Goodell. The judge is a member of the American Bar Association. For five years, he was a member of the board of governors of the San Francisco Bar Association, and was a vice president of that association for one year. He was the first chairman of the administrative committee at San Francisco of the State Bar of California. During his years of law practice, Judge Goodell was widely known as a competent, an ethical and intelligent attorney, and conducted much litigation of importance in the local courts. He held the confidence of the people and the respect of his contemporaries, and in his personal contacts, whether in the law, in business, in social circles or elsewhere, he made numerous stanch and loyal friends.

In San Andreas, Calaveras county, California, on the 24th of July, 1912, Judge Goodell married Miss Edith Segale, who was born in Stockton, California, in 1888, and is a daughter of Frank and Janie (Oneto) Segale, the former now deceased, and the latter residing in Oakland, California. Mrs. Goodell is of Italian ancestry. By her marriage to Judge Goodell, she is the mother of one son, Julian Oliver Goodell, who was born in San Francisco in 1914. Mrs. Goodell has taken an interested part in local affairs of San Francisco in which women participate, and is a member of the Women's City Club.

Judge Goodell has always been a republican. He is a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church. Among social organizations, he belongs to the Bohemian Club, the University Club, and the Commonwealth Club, all of San Francisco.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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