George Goodman (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Sir George Goodman
Sir George Goodman - Mayor of Leeds 1836, 1847, 1850-52. By John Simpson (1782 –1847).jpg
Sir George Goodman, Mayor of Leeds
Member of Parliament
In office
Monarch Victoria
Personal details
Born c. 1792
Died 13 October 1859 (aged 67)
Roundhay, England
Nationality British
Political party Whig

Sir George Goodman (c. 1792 – 13 October 1859)[1] was an English wool-stapler,[2] a magistrate for the borough and county of Leeds,[3] as well as a Liberal politician. On 1 January 1836, he was elected the first Mayor of Leeds after the Municipal Corporations Act 1835,[2] and he served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds from 1852 to 1857.[1]

Early years

Goodman was the son of Benjamin Goodman (d. 10 June 1848), a Leeds wool merchant. He had at least one sibling, a sister Eleanor (1791–1877).


"I have made it a rule through life either to fulfill my engagement, or to die at my post." (G. Goodman)


Goodman started his career learning his father's business and becoming a partner in his father's firm of B. Goodman & Sons at 21 Hunslet Lane, Leeds.[5] He prospered as a wool-stapler in Leeds and Bradford,[2] and was a Director of the Leeds and Bradford Railway.[6] His firm acquired other local firms including, in 1846, Thomas Pearson and Sons, manufacturers of worsted.[7]

He was elected Mayor of Leeds on 1 January 1836, the first Mayor of the City of Leeds after the Municipal Corporations Act. In April, he was presented a gold chain with an inscribed pendant to honour his mayoral election. Following the resignation of C. G. Maclea, Goodman was again elected mayor on 1 January 1847 and left office on 9 November 1847. He was re-elected for a third term on 9 November 1850, and a fourth term on 9 November 1851. He resigned from his position as mayor in March 1852 in order to be eligible to run for Parliament.[2]

A Whig,[8] Goodman was elected to Parliament with Matthew Talbot Baines in 1852. He was a magistrate of the West Riding of Yorkshire, and appointed a deputy lieutenant on 27 January 1853.[9][10] In 1853, Goodman served as Leeds' civic representative at the 1851 The Great Exhibition, after which, on 26 February 1852, he was knighted at Buckingham Palace, shortly before his resignation as mayor.[11][2] Goodman sat for the Borough of Leeds in the House of Commons for five years, beginning at the 1852 general election,[12] before retiring upon the 1857 dissolution of Parliament because of poor health brought about by a stroke of paralysis and neuralgia.[8][13]

Personal life

Goodman was a member of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. He once made a donation to the society of fourteen birds from Australia.[14] Goodman never married. The Gentleman's Magazine reported that he died on 13 October 1859 at his seat, Roundhay, near Leeds aged 67.[15] He inherited his father Benjamin's Roundhay estate which was renamed Beechwood by Francis Lupton who had purchased the estate by 1860, following George's death.[16] Goodman, a Baptist, was interred at Whitkirk Church.[17] In compliance with Goodman's request, an autopsy was conducted, revealing softened spinal marrow.[4]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b c d e Wheater, William; Smith, William (1882). Old Yorkshire. 3 (Digitized 5 June 2007 ed.). Longmans, Green. p. 203. 
  3. ^ Leeds man, pp. 61
  4. ^ a b Brewer, Rev. Dr. E. Cogham (1860). Memoir of Sir George Goodman, Knt., Leeds. The Baptist Magazine (Digitized 16 October 2006 ed.). p. 29. 
  5. ^ Garton, Steve (27 March 2010). "Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" for LEEDS in Pigot's Directory of 1834". Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  6. ^ The Railway directory for 1845, containing the names of the directors and principal officers, of the railways in Great Britain & Ireland (Digitized 12 October 2007 ed.). London: Railway Times Office. 1844. p. 39. 
  7. ^ "No. 20657". The London Gazette. 6 November 1846. p. 3895. 
  8. ^ a b Leeds man (1868). Memoirs of eminent men of Leeds (Digitized 2 September 2005 ed.). G.J. Berger. p. 60. 
  9. ^ "No. 21411". The London Gazette. 15 February 1853. p. 408. 
  10. ^ Dod, Charles Roger (1857). The Peerage, baronetage, and knightage of Great Britain and Ireland, for ...: including all the titled classes (Digitized 4 May 2009 ed.). Whittaker and Co. p. 275. 
  11. ^ "No. 21298". The London Gazette. 5 March 1852. p. 698. 
  12. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 177. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  13. ^ Taylor, p. 478[full citation needed]
  14. ^ Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society (1820). Report of the council (Digitized 5 April 2007 ed.). The Society. p. 22. 
  15. ^ "Obituary - Death of Sir George Goodman". The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 207. R. Newton. 13 October 1859. p. 546. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  16. ^ Hurworth, Neville (2014). "The Goodman family of Hunslet, Gledhow and Roundhay" (PDF). OAKWOOD AND DISTRICT AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Oakleaves, Part 14. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  17. ^ The Yorkshire magazine: a monthly literary magazine. 3–4 (Digitized 20 July 2009 ed.). Yorkshire Literary Union. 1874. p. 137. 

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir George Goodman
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Beckett
James Garth Marshall
Member of Parliament for Leeds
With: Matthew Talbot Baines
Succeeded by
Robert Hall
Matthew Talbot Baines
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