William C. Goudy

William C. Goudy (1824 - 1893) was the general counsel for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company in 1891 when Clarence Darrow accepted a part-time position in the legal department of the railroad. Goudy was also a prominent Democrat in Illinois. Goudy was also a founder and the first president of the Chicago Bar Association. According to one account, in "April of 1893 . . . William C. Goudy collapsed at his desk of an apparent heart attack in the legal department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company as he was working with his assistant, Clarence Darrow." Richard C. Cortner, The Iron Horse and the Constitution: The Railroads and the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment 125 (1993).