Goodwin, William H, Dd, Lld
Goodwin, William H., D.D., LL.D.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Goodwin's Point, Tompkins County, N.Y., June 12, 1812. He was converted at nineteen years of age, and the next year entered the Genesee Contference. His appointments were: first in his native place, then Ovid, Catharine, Brockport, East Rochester, Lyons, Canandaigua, Vienna, and Penn Yan. In 1848, on the division of the conference, he became a member of the East Genesee Conference, wherein he served Lyons, East Rochester, Elmira, Geneva, Hornellsville District, Elmnira District, Rochester District, Geneva, Clifton Springs, Rushville, Ovid, and in 1874 Dryden, where his health failed, and where he died, February 17, 1876. Mr. Goodwin was chosen state senator from Ontario and Livingston counties in 1854; and in 1865 was appointed regent of the University of New York. He was, in personal appearance, very prepossessing, tall, well developed, noble; in character, frank, generous to a fault; had a voice rarely equalled in depth, fulness, and sweetness; imagination fertile and chaste; a mind of great natural strength, finely cultured in logic and rhetoric; and a sincere enthusiasm that overcame all obstacles. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1876, page 138; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.