Library of Congress
GOODING, Frank Robert (1859-1928)

GOODING, FRANK ROBERT, a Senator from Idaho; born in Tiverton, England, September 16, 1859; immigrated in 1867 to the United States with his parents, who settled on a farm near Paw Paw, Mich.; attended the common schools; moved to Shasta, Calif., in 1877 and engaged in farming and mining; moved to Idaho in 1881 and settled in Ketchum, where he worked as a mail carrier, and subsequently engaged in the firewood and charcoal business; in 1888 settled near the present site of Gooding, which is named for him; engaged in farming and stock raising; member, State senate 1900-1904; Governor of Idaho 1905-1908; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1918 to the United States Senate; elected in 1920 as a Republican to the United States Senate for the term commencing March 4, 1921; subsequently appointed to the Senate on January 8, 1921, to become effective January 15, 1921, to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 3, 1921, caused by the resignation of John F. Nugent; reelected in 1926, and served from January 15, 1921, until his death in Gooding, Idaho, June 24, 1928; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

Idaho State Historical Society
Boise, ID
Papers: 1905-1908. 6 feet. Gubernatorial papers.
Additional Papers: In Idaho Governors' records, 1922-1926; W.E Pierce & Company records, 1871-1926; C. H. Lingenfelter papers, 1902-1949; James H. Hawley collection, 1906-1907; and Frank R. Gooding battleship Idaho collection, 1905-1908.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: Miscellaneous items in the Lynn collection.

  • Schlup, Leonard. "Senator Frank Gooding and the Crusade for Agricultural Reform in the 1920s." Idaho Yesterdays 41 (Winter 1998): 26-32.
  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Frank R. Gooding, Late a Senator from Idaho. 70th Cong., 2d sess., 1928-1929. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1929.