|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 3rd district
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
|Preceded by||W. Godfrey Hunter|
|Succeeded by||W. Godfrey Hunter|
|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
|Born||January 31, 1849|
Allen County, Kentucky
|Died||July 24, 1901 (aged 52)|
|Resting place||Green Lawn Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Cumberland University|
Early life and family
Isaac Goodnight was born near Scottsville, Kentucky on January 31, 1849. He was the son of Isaac and Lucinda (Billingsby) Goodnight. His father was born January 1, 1782 at the old fort near Harrodsburg, Kentucky and is believed to have been the first white male child born in what is now Kentucky.
Goodnight attended the common schools of the area. In 1870, his family moved to Franklin, Kentucky. He matriculated to Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee earning a degree in 1872 a law degree in 1873. He returned to Franklin, serving as deputy circuit clerk while reading law, and was admitted to the bar in 1874. He commenced practice in Franklin.
In 1877, Goodnight was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving a single, two-year term. He served as the chairman of the Democratic Kentucky convention at Louisville, Kentucky in 1891. He was elected to represent the Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1888. He was twice re-elected, serving in the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895). During his tenure, he was a member of the Judiciary Committee, rising to third in seniority on that committee by the end of his third term.
Later life and death
Due to ill health and the fact that his absence from home was hurting his legal practice, Goodnight did not seek re-election in 1894. After leaving Congress, he was elected a judge of the seventh Kentucky circuit in 1897 and served until his death in Franklin on July 24, 1901. He was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery.
- "Goodnight, Isaac Herschel". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biographical Cyclopedia, p. 179
- Biographical Cyclopedia, p. 180
- Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Chicago, Illinois: J.M. Gresham Company. 1896.
- United States Congress. "Isaac Goodnight (id: G000292)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
W. Godfrey Hunter
| United States Representative, Kentucky 3rd District
W. Godfrey Hunter