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Abel Godard (June 26, 1835 Richville, St. Lawrence County, New York – July 25, 1891) was an American lawyer, Union Army officer, manufacturer, banker and politician from New York.


He was the son of Assemblyman Harlow Godard (1804–1896) and Mary Ann (Rich) Godard (1804–1889). He graduated from University of Rochester in 1859, and from Albany Law School in 1861. He married Helen M. Herring (1838–1910), and they had three children.

He fought with the 60th Regiment of New York Volunteers in the American Civil War, taking part in the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Ringgold Gap, Resaca, Dallas and Peachtree Creek. He was honorably discharged as a colonel in September 1864.

He Supervisor of the Town of De Kalb; and a member of the New York State Senate (17th D.) in 1866 and 1867.

He was again Supervisor of the Town of De Kalb from 1879 to 1881; and a member of the New York State Assembly (St. Lawrence County, 1st D.) in 1882 and 1883.

He was buried at the Wayside Cemetery in Richville.

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