Hon.GEORGE G. GOUCHER was born in Parkersburg, Virginia, February 12, 1855.  His father, James Goucher, came to California in 1850, and three years later returned to Virginia, settled up his business, and in 1855 brought his family to this State, coming via the Isthmus of Panama, and arriving in San Francisco by that celebrated old steamer, Golden Gate, on April 12, 1855.  After farming in different localities,  he located in Oakland, where he now resides, engaged in the museum department of the State Mining Bureau.

George G. was educated in the public schools of Napa valley, after which, by his own labors in teaching, beginning at the age of sixteen, he was enabled to gain a higher education a the Napa Collegiate Institute at Napa City.

In November, 1875, he went to Mariposa County, and for two years taught the Bear Valley School, in the meantime studying law.  He was admitted to practice in 1877, and in the fall of that year, at the age of twenty-two years, he was elected on the Democratic ticket as District Attorney of Mariposa County, and re-elected in 1879 and 1882.  At the expiration of his term in 1884, he was elected Assembly-man from the Sixty-seventh associate district, composing the counties of Mariposa and Merced.  To make this canvass he declined the nomination of Democratic elector in the Cleveland campaign of that year.   When his term expired in 1886, he was elected State Senator from the Thirty-second district, comprising the counties of Alpine, Mono, Mariposa and Fresno, and was re-elected from the same district in 1890.  In 1887 Mr. Goucher was appointed by governor Bartlett to fill an unexpired term of the Yo Semite Commission, and was reappointed in 1888 by Governor Waterman for  term of four years.  After serving one year under the latter appointment, Mr. Goucher resigned in June, 1889.  He was a champion of the irrigation bills in both Assembly and Senate, and an earnest worker for the interest of his constituents. He also took a prominent part in the bills pertaining to the mining interests; served as Chairman of the committee on Corporations, on Mines and mining, and on State Prisons; in the Senate he was a member of the Committee on Judiciary.

In speaking of Mr. Goucher's political career, it should be further stated that he has been a delegate to every Democratic State convention since he was  twenty-one years of age.   In fraternal circles his is also prominent, being associated with the following lodges:  Mariposa Lodge, No. 24, F. & A. M., of Oso Lodge No. 110, I. O.O.F., at Bear Valley, and of Mono Tribe No. 68, I. O. R. M., at Fresno.

Mr. Goucher was married in Mariposa, July 10, 1880, to Miss Marion Jones, daughter of Judge L. F. Jones, a prominent lawyer and a member of the last constitutional convention.  Mr. and Mrs. Goucher have two children, Allen H. born NOvember 22, 1881, and Merle M., born October 18, 1889.

HISTORY of CENTRAL CALIFORNIA----page 550 Lewis Publishing, Chicago, Ill (1892) transcribed by Carolyn Feroben