Born in Pomfret, Connecticut on July 18, 1784, he was the son of Richard Goodell, Sr. (a veteran of the American Revolution) and Mercy Parkhurst Goodell. Goddell lived in Adams, New York and owned a farm.
He served in the United States Army and New York Militia, and attained the rank of Major. He was a veteran of the 23rd Infantry Regiment in the War of 1812, and participated in the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor.
A Democratic-Republican, he identified with the Bucktails, the faction opposed to the policies of Governor DeWitt Clinton. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from Jefferson County from 1820 to 1821, and from 1823 to 1825. In 1824, he was elected Speaker.
Sacred to the Memory of the Hon. Richard Goodell, who departed this life 25th Jan, 1826 in the 42nd year of his age.
Here lies a soldier
Here a brave man rests
- Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection), birth record for Richard Goodell, retrieved February 26, 2014
- Jefferson County Historical Society, Transactions of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Volume 1, 1887, page 173
- Patrick Wilder, Battle of Sackett's Harbour: 1813, 1994, pages 174, 176, 178
- U.S. Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, entry for Richard Goodell, retrieved February 26, 2014
- U.S. Army Adjutant General, Register of the Army of the United States, 1813, page 28
- New York Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1820, page 2132
- Richard Goodell at Find a Grave
- Hetty Tyler Goodell at Find a Grave
- Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection), entry for Richard Goodell, Jr., retrieved February 26, 2014
- John Stilwell Jenkins: History of Political Parties in the State of New-York (Alden & Markham, Auburn NY, 1846)
- Richard Goodell at Political Graveyard
- Obit in Monroe Republican, February 7, 1826
- History at Ray's Place, mention at History of Adams N.Y.
- Google Book The New York Civil List, compiled by Franklin B. Hough (Weed, Parsons & Co., Albany NY, 1858)
- The Laws of New York
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