Biography of Frank R. Gooding
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FRANK R. GOODING - Lincoln County
Frank R Gooding was born October 16, 1859, in England, his farther being John Gooding, a farmer, his mother Elizabeth Gooding. While he was still a child his parents emigrated to America, settling in Michigan, and he was educated in the common schools of that State. He came West in the seventies and settled in Idaho, where he engaged in the live stock business. Idaho was admitted a State in 1890.

Mr. Gooding was elected to the fifth legislature and in 1904 he was elected Governor of the State as a Republican. Two years later he was reelected to the same office. He was married in Idaho in 1880. The result of his union was three children, John M., Maud Elizabeth, and Louise, all living.

It was during his second administration that the celebrated case of Pettibone, Mover and Heywood, came up for trial. These men were leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, who were charged with being the instigators of the assassination of ex Governor Frank Steunenberg at the gate of his own home in Caldwell, Idaho, by the explosion of a bomb. The result was the acquittal of the three men, although Governor Gooding and his administration used every effort to secure a conviction.

Governor Gooding retired from office on January 1st, 1909. He resides at Gooding, a town named after him, in Lincoln County, Idaho.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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