Arthur Goulart

Portrait of Arthur Goulart

Representative Arthur Goulart

Arthur Goulart was born October 10, 1893 in New Bedford, MA. On October 26, 1914, at the age of 21, Arthur married Florence Leal of New Bedford, the daughter of Azorean immigrants Louise Garcia da Silva and Francisco Leal. Together the couple had one son, Arthur Goulart Jr. In 1916 Arthur ran as the Democratic Candidate for Representative of the 8th Massachusetts District.  Losing the election by only a few votes he continued to work numerous jobs within the New Bedford community as a barber, as an insurance salesman, as a proprietor of a variety store, and as a mill worker. In 1928 Arthur ran again for Representative and won. He became the first person of Portuguese descent to be elected into public office from Southeastern Massachusetts. Arthur served as the 8th Bristol District Representative from 1929 to 1932. During that time he supported Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt as he ran for President of the United States. He was greatly involved in local boards and associations including the Portuguese American Civic Association, the New Bedford Lodge of Elks, the South End Civic Club, the Board of Public Welfare and the Dartmouth Fire Protection. On July 29, 1932 Arthur Goulart Sr. abruptly died due to complications of a lung abscess. Today Arthur Goulart Sr. is commemorated through the dedication of the Representative Arthur Goulart Memorial Community Building at Ashley Park in New Bedford, MA. The building was dedicated to him on June 14, 1998.