Wooten, Goodall Harrison (1869–1942)

By: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell and Brett J. Derbes

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 17, 2021

Goodall Harrison Wooten, physician, philanthropist, and civic leader, was born in Paris, Texas, on November 28, 1869, the son of Dr. Thomas Dudley and Henrietta (Goodall) Wooten of Kentucky. The family moved to Austin in 1872, and Wooten received his B.S. and M.A. degrees at the University of Texas in 1891 and 1892. He was a member of Kappa Sigma and the Athenaeum Literary Society. In 1895 he graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and returned to Texas to practice medicine in Austin with his father. Wooten became affiliated with the Texas School for Defectives and Sanitarium for Mental Nervous Diseases. He married Ella Newsome in Collin County on October 5, 1897, and they had at least two children.

Throughout his life, Wooten was active in Travis County community affairs. He was a close friend of Lyman J. Bailey, who organized the first Boy Scouts troop in Austin in 1911, and was active in supporting the organization. He was a member of the Masons, Order of Eagles, and Austin Rotary Club. In the early 1930s he was honored as “Austin’s Most Worthy Citizen.” In 1934 he presented to the Boy Scouts of the Central Texas area a camp located on Bull Creek and named in honor of his son, Tom D. Wooten. He invested over $20,000 to construct halls and cabins at the camp. The Wooten home was known throughout the South for its flower gardens. He was president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1936 and again in 1937. He was director in 1938 and 1939, and served on the advisory committee in 1940 and 1941. Wooten was also instrumental in the founding of the Texas Memorial Museum on the University of Texas campus and left his extensive gun collection to the museum. He died of chronic myocardia in Austin on January 30, 1942, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

Austin American, January 30, 1942, January 31, 1942, March 29, 1944, May 2, 1949. Ellis A. Davis and Edwin H. Grobe, New Encyclopedia of Texas, Volume 2 (Austin: Texas Development Bureau, 1929). Francis White Johnson, Eugene C. Barker, Ernest William Winkler, A History of Texas and Texans, Volume 4 (Chicago: American Historical Society, 1914). Margaret R. O’Leary and Dennis S. O’Leary, The Texas Meningitis Epidemic (1911-1913): Origin of the Meningococcal Vaccine (Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, 2018).Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • General Practitioners
Time Periods:
  • Reconstruction
  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Progressive Era
  • Great Depression
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • Central Texas
  • Austin

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Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell and Brett J. Derbes, “Wooten, Goodall Harrison,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wooten-goodall-harrison.

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