Wells Goodykoontz

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

pg. 721

GOODYKOONTZ, WELLS, President of the Senate. (Republican.)
Address: Williamson, West Va. Was born in Pulaski, Virginia,. June 3, 1872;
educated at Oxford Academy, Floyd, Virginia, and at Washington and Lee
University, Lexington, Virginia; is a member of the well known law firm of
Goodykoontz & Scherr; received his professional education at Washington and
Lee; was a member of the House of Delegates of West Virginia in 1911; elected
to the Senate from the Sixth District in 1914; in 1915 was chairman of the com-
mittee on Finance and a member of nearly all the other important committees;
was re-elected to the Senate in 1916, and at the organization in 1917 was chosen
President of that body and filled the position with dignity, fairness and marked
ability. Mr. Goodykoontz is President of the National Bank of Commerce, of
Williamson, is interested in coal production, and has done much to direct the
attention of capitalists to the great natural wealth of the county of Mingo.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook