G. Chase Godwin, was born April 18, 1840, in Wyoming Twp., Kent Co. He received his education in the district schools of Wyoming and the public schools of Grand Rapids. He studied of law in 1862 with Holmes & Champlain (John T. Holmes and John W. Champlain), in Grand Rapids, and was admitted to the bar of Kent County in 1865.
G. Chase Godwin was associated with Hon. John T. Holmes in the practice of law and he established the firm of Godwin & Earl in June 1879. Mr. Godwin was married in 1868 to Miss Cornelia Chambers of Wayland, Allegan Co.