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Harvey Burdette Goodwin (November 30, 1845 - November 30, 1929) was the President of the Goodwin Brothers' Pottery Company in Elmwood, West Hartford, Connecticut. He was a lifelong resident of Elmwood and was an associate with his son in the real estate and insurance business.

Goodwin was born on November 30, 1845 in Elmwood, West Hartford, Connecticut, as the son of Harvey Goodwin and Frances Elmore. He was educated in the public schools of West Hartford until he turned 18 in 1863. He began working in his father's pottery company during his boyhood and continued in the same line of busines when his father couldn't continue its management in the 1870s. He witnessed the expansion of the plant in the 1860s with the addition of new employees and the construction of a new three-story building near the railroad. Between 1870 and 1872, Goodwin took over the company with his two brothers. When he and his brothers took the land east of the railroad, they bought the property on the west side as well, south of New Britain Avenue, an area that contained an inexhaustible supply of clay. By December 1892, the company employed 75 people steadily. Additions in 1893 to the plant and the putting in of new machinery increased the capacity of the work.

Goodwin's home on the north side of New Britain Avenue, 1901.

In 1904, he deeded seven acres of land on New Britain Avenue to the Whitlock Coil Pipe Company, and in 1908, he witnessed the devastating fire that destroyed the pottery factory, gutting the complex and wiping out the business entirely. The business was discontinued, save for individual orders. By 1916, he was present for the construction of accommodations to the Abbott Ball Company's plant and the new buildings developed around it adjacent to the railroad.

On November 30, 1929, Goodwin died at his home on Burgoyne Street after an illness of several weeks. Almost up to his last illness, he had enjoyed good health and was associated with his son, Wallace, in the real estate and insurance business.


Goodwin married Anne Bramley on June 10, 1885.

  • Frances Catharine Goodwin - m. Robert Matatall
  • Wallace Burdette Goodwin - m. Lulu Cadwell
  • Harvey Goodwin - m. Helen Case
  • Margaret Argyle Goodwin - m. Richard Cone Maercklein
  • Shirley Bramley Goodwin - unmarried.