A Model for Courage: The Life of Charles Goodell

The Robert H. Jackson Center is excited to announce preparations for a program and exhibit honoring the life of the late Jamestown native Charles E. Goodell, a former U.S Senator from New York and Congressman representing New York’s 38th and 43rd congressional districts on Sunday, August 12. It will begin with a tribute program at 4:00pm, followed by a public reception and viewing of the exhibit, entitled “A Model for Courage: The Life of Charles E. Goodell.”
September marks the 50th anniversary of Goodell’s appointment to the U.S. Senate to the fill the unexpired term of Robert F. Kennedy who was assassinated in June 1968. Goodell made headlines as the first U.S. Senator to propose legislation calling for the withdrawal of troops from the Vietnam War, ostracizing him from many of his fellow Republican Party members. President Richard Nixon refused to endorse him, instead subtly supporting Conservative Party candidate James L. Buckley, who defeated Goodell and Democratic challenger, Richard Ottinger in a three-way race in 1970. He returned to public life in 1974 as chairman of President Gerald R. Ford’s Clemency Board. Upon his passing in 1987, then-Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan remarked, “I have not known a finer member of Congress.”


“On behalf of our family, we are so thankful to the Jackson Center for honoring our father, Charles Goodell,” said Timothy Goodell, who serves as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Hess Corporation. “Our father had great respect for Justice Jackson and it has been our pleasure to assist in connecting their shared hometown legacies.”

“Our dad dedicated his life to public service and to the people he represented,” said Roger Goodell, who has served as Commissioner of the NFL since 2006. “At a very young age, my four brothers and I learned the importance of integrity, character, and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost. His legacy continues to inspire us all to this day and we are looking forward to the event on August 12.”

This event was made possible by the by the following donors and sponsors.

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
  • Log Cabin Republicans
  • Quick Solutions
  • Lind Funeral Home
  • Kranky Plate
  • Wegmans