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Charles Carroll Goodwin (1832-1917) - Author, editor, poet, lawyer, judge, and businessman. Charles Goodwin was born on April 4, 1832 near Rochester, New York. At the age of 20, he made his way west, where he first settled in Marysville, California. There, he operated a sawmill, taught school, and studied law with his brother Jesse. He was admitted to the bar of California in 1859 and started a law practice in Plumas County. The following year, he moved to Nevada where he was appointed as a Probate Judge for the Territory and when Nevada obtained statehood in 1864, he was elected as one of the first state district judges.


In 1863, he became the editor of the Washoe Times in Washoe City, Nevada and would later edit the Inland Empire newspaper in Hamilton,Nevada
. In 1872, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress, but maintained an active interest in politics, as well as mining. He joined the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise in 1873 as assistant editor and two years later was named chief editor. In 1880, he left Virginia City to take charge of the Salt Lake City Tribune in Utah. There, continued his interest in politics and was a member of the constitutional convention preceding Utah statehood but lost his bid to become a U.S. Senator from the new state in 1896. In 1902, he served as editor for the Goodwin's Weekly, a magazine founded by his son James. Though best known as a journalist, he also wrote several books, as well as poetry, stories, and essays that appeared in magazines and periodicals. He died in Salt Lake City in 1917.


Frederick Webb Hodge (1864-1956) - An author, editor, anthropologist, archaeologist, and historian, one of his most famous writings was the Handbook on American Indians, published in 1906. Hodge was born in Plymouth, England to Edwin and Emily Webb Hodge on October 28, 1864 and moved his family to Washington, D.C. when he was seven years old. When he grew up he attended Cambridge College (George Washington University). Later, he was involved in the Columbia University, Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Throughout the years, he took positions with a number of museums including the director  of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles, California and served as executive officer at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as serving on a number of committees dealing with Native Americans and archeology. In 1901, he was employed by the Smithsonian Institution as executive assistant in charge of International Exchanges, but transferred to the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1905, where he worked until 1918. In 1906 he published the Handbook on American Indians and the next year began editing Edward S. Curtis's monumental series, The North American Indian, a 20 volume series that was published between 1907-1930. After leaving the Bureau, he moved to New York City and became editor and assistant director at the Museum of the American Indian.


In 1915, accompanied by the museumís director, George Gustav Heye, he undertook excavations at the Nacoochee Mound near Helen, Georgia. Between 1917 and 1923, he directed excavations of the ruins of Hawikuh, near Zuni Pueblo. In 1932, he moved back to Los Angeles, California, where he assume directorship of the Southwest Museum, and became the editor of Southwest Museum's The Masterkey. He retired in 1956 and died the same year on September 28, 1956 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


James Harvey McClintockJames Harvey McClintock (1864-1934) - Writer, journalist, and Rough Rider, McClintock was also the Arizona State Historian, and wrote a number of books on Arizona history. James was born in Sacramento, California on February 23, 1864 to John and Sarah G. McClintock. He went to school at the California Academy and at the age of 15, went to Arizona to work for his brother, Charles, who had founded and was the co-owner of the Phoenix newspaper, The Salt River Herald. Unfortunately, after just a couple of years, his brother died in 1881 and the newspaper was sold. James then moved to Tucson, where he worked as a reporter for the Daily Journal. Just a year later, the newspaper went out of business and he made his way to Globe, Arizona where he became the editor of the Chronicle newspaper. Three years later, he moved to Prescott, where his mother and sister were living and worked briefly in a boarding house near Fort Whipple before taking a job as a civilian clerk in the Generalís office. That too, was short-lived, as he soon headed south to attend the Tempe Normal School and work as a reporter for the Tempe News. Within no time, he was also serving as Tempe's Justice of the Peace, operating a 160-acre farm, and working not only for the Tempe News, but also taking assignments from newspapers in Tucson, Globe, and Prescott. In 1887, he graduated from the Tempe Normal School with a teaching certificate. After teaching for a short time in Pleasant Valley, he returned to Phoenix in 1890 and opened a news bureau. He also became a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, which he would continue for the next 25 years.




With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April, 1898, he helped organize the Arizona troops and was appointed captain of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry which became known as Rooseveltís Rough Riders. He served in rizona Rough Riders in Cuba until he was injured at Las Guasimas. He then returned to Arizona with a limp. On June 15, 1900 he married Dorothy G. Bacon and two years later, in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him Postmaster of Phoenix, a position he held until 1914. In 1916, he published a two-volume history about the State of Arizona entitled Arizona: The Youngest State. From 1919-1922, he served as the Arizona State Historian. Afterward, he was involved in several socities and appeared on a series of radio shows. He was re-appointed Postmaster in 1928 by President Coolidge and retired in 1933. He suffered a stroke in early 1934 and died on May 10, 1934. He was buried with a full military ceremony at the Military Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.



© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated December, 2015.


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