Samuel Pearson GODDARD

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American politician

AmericanBorn Samuel Pearson GODDARD

American politician and the 12th Governor of Arizona

Born on August 08, 1919 in Clayton, Missouri , United States

Died on February 01, 2006 in Paradise Valley, Arizona , United States

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Goddard was born in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, the son of Florence Hilton (née Denham) and Samuel Pearson Goddard. He attended Harvard University and was a member of the school's glee club and varsity crew team. His athletic efforts resulted in his induction into the Rowing Hall of Fame in 1976. Goddard graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts in history.



Soon after graduation, Goddard enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps as a private for World War II service. He was commissioned by the Air Corps in 1942 and served as an operations and communications officer in England, India, North Africa, and the South Pacific. He was discharged from the Air Corps in 1946 as a major, remained active in the Air Force Reserve, and rose to a final rank of colonel.

...   Goddard was born in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, the son of Florence Hilton (née Denham) and Samuel Pearson Goddard. He attended Harvard University and was a member of the school's glee club and varsity crew team. His athletic efforts resulted in his induction into the Rowing Hall of Fame in 1976. Goddard graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts in history.



Soon after graduation, Goddard enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps as a private for World War II service. He was commissioned by the Air Corps in 1942 and served as an operations and communications officer in England, India, North Africa, and the South Pacific. He was discharged from the Air Corps in 1946 as a major, remained active in the Air Force Reserve, and rose to a final rank of colonel.



Goddard married Julia "Judy" Hatch of Springfield, Illinois, in 1944. The couple chose to settle in Arizona upon a doctor's recommendation that the dry climate would help relieve Judy's rheumatoid arthritis. The marriage resulted in three sons, Terry (a recent Attorney General of Arizona), Tim and Bill. Goddard earned his law degree at the University of Arizona in 1949 and began practicing in Tucson.



Goddard became a widower in 1999 and was survived by all three sons and his second wife, Myra Ann. He died in Paradise Valley, Arizona.



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