|Intro||American educator, journalist and politician|
|A.K.A.||John Abbot Goodwin|
|Was||Journalist Politician Editor|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||21 May 1824, Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA|
|Death||24 September 1884 (aged 60 years)|
John Abbot Goodwin was a U.S. educator, journalist and politician who served as a member, and from 1860 to 1861, as the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Goodwin was the brother of American writer Jane G. Austin. Goodwin married Martha Fisher of Sudbury, Massachusetts, they had a son, William Bradford Goodwin.
Goodwin was a teacher for many years. Goodwin was for a time the superintendent of schools of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Goodwin was involved in the management of the Lawrence Courier. In 1854 Goodwin moved to Lowell to take over the running of the Lowell Courier. After working for a year at the Courier Goodwin became the editor of the Lowell Daily Citizen and News. Goodwin spent two tears as editor of the Daily Citizen and News.
Public service career
Goodwin was a member of the Lowell Board of Aldermen for two years, and spent ten consecutive years as a member of the Lowell School Committee. Goodwin was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1857 and 1859 to 1861, serving as House Speaker for his last two years.
On April 12, 1861 Goodwin received an appointment from President Lincoln to the position of postmaster of Lowell, a position that he held for thirteen years.
Death and burial
Goodwin died on September 24, 1884, he was buried in the cemetery in south Sudbury, Massachusetts