GOODELL, WinntANr, an American editor and philanthropist, b. near the close of the 18th c., d. in Janesville. Wis., in 1879. As a young man, living at the time in Provi dence, R. L, he took part in the discussion of the Missouri question in 1819-20, opposing the admission of the territory to the union as a slave state. At the beginning of the tem perance movement in 1826-27, he became one of its earnest champions, and for several years edited the Genius of Temperance, and other periodicals of a similar character. He was one of the earliest to enlist in the anti-slavery movement, and the editor for a time of the Emancipator, the organ of the American anti-slavery society in New York. He sub sequently conducted for several years the Friend of Man, the organ of the New York state anti-slavery society, in Utica. Later still he founded successively in New York The Radical Abolitionist and The Principia, which he devoted mainly to the task of demon strating that slavery in the United States had no legal or constitutional basis, and that courts of justice were not only not bound to pay it any respect, but had the right in all cases where they had jurisdiction, to treat it as a crane and assert the freedom of its victims. He held this view in common with Gerrit Smith, and many other eminent
men of the period, and brought to its support abilities of a high order both as a writer and speaker. In 1851, lie published The History of Slavery and Anti-Slavery, a work of much careful research, which will be found valuable to future historians of the Ameri can anti-slavery movement. He was a deeply religious man, belonging theologically to the school of Hopkins and Emmons. He was licensed to preach, but not ordained.