Goode, William H, Dd
Goode, William H., D.D.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Warren County, Ohio, June 19, 1807. He began school-teaching at the age of seventeen, in Green County; afterwards removed to Madison, Indiana, where he continued teaching, and studied law; was admitted to the bar before he was twenty-
one; experienced religion about this time; at the age of twenty was elected president of Gallatin County Seminary, Port William, Kentucky, which position he held for two years; then returned to Indiana and followed farming seven or eight years; was licensed to preach in 1835; in 1836 entered the Indiana Conference, and was appointed to Lexington Circuit. A few months later he was elected principal of the New Albany Seminary. Subsequently he was sent to Jeffersonville and Indianapolis stations; in 1842 was appointed presiding elder of South Bend District, but in the middle of the year was transferred to the Arkansas Conference, and appointed to Fort Coffee Academy and mission, Choctaw nation, where he remained till 1845. In 1844 he formed the Indian Mission Conference, and became a member of it. In 1845 he was transferred to the North Indiana Conference. He afterwards labored on Peru District, four years on Greencastle District, and four years on Indianapolis District; was appointed to Richmond Station in 1853; then had charge of the entire territory between Texas and Nebraska, and the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. His subsequent appointments were in the same region until 1860, when he was transferred to the Western Iowa Conference, and appointed to Lowden District; Council Bluffs District in 1861; in 1862 was retransferred to the North Indiana Conference, and appointed to Union Chapel (now Grace Church), Richmond. Thereafter he served on various districts, and finally (1877-79) became superainnuated. lie died in Richmond, Indiana, December 16, 1879. Dr. Goode possessed a very high order of intellect, a deep religious character, great pulpit power, was a born leader of men, eminent for uncompromising integrity, and entirely free from inordinate ambition. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1880, page 71.