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Charles William Goddard
"Hon. Charles W. Goddard was born in Portland, Dec. 29, 1825, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1844, and was admitted to the bar in November, 1846. He opened an office in his native city; in 1850 removed to Lewiston Falls, where he was in active practice sixteen years, with the exception of the period between 1861 to 1864, while he was Consul-General of the United States at Constantinople. In 1866 he returned to Portland, which has since been his residence. While at Lewiston Falls he was Attorney for Adroscoggin County for four years, a member of the State Senate, appointed to the chairmanship of 1858 and 1859, and the last year its president. In 1867 he was appointed Justice of the newly organized Superior Court for Cumberland County, and filed that position until 1871, when he became postmaster of Portland, which office he held until 1884. In 1867 he was in the commission for the equalization of municipal war debts of the State, and in 1885 he was one of the Police Commissioners for his native city. Judge Goddard has held various other posts of honor, both local and national, and is still in vigorous health, with full possession of his mental powers."
[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 572-573 (Portland, Maine, Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)]