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John D. Goodwin was born in South Carolina November 6, 1829. He came to California in 1850, prospecting for gold in Plumas
County. He was elected County Clerk in 1859 and began to study law. In 1863, he became an attorney and formed a partnership
with Creed Haymond. From 1865 to 1867, he represented Plumas County in the State Assembly. After 1867, he practiced law at
Quincy, the county seat, until 1876 when he was appointed a district court judge. In 1878, he was defeated for re-election
and returned to private practice. From 1891 to 1902, he was in law partnership with U. S. Webb. In 1905, he was appointed
a Superior Court judge of Plumas County and elected to that place at the ensuing election. He died March 5, 1908.