Amos Gould came to Owosso, as did several other members of his family, from New York State. He moved to Owosso, Michigan, in 1843 and in the next 40 years, his services to the public identified him, not only on behalf of Owosso, but also to the larger development of the state.
Gould was elected in 1859 as Owosso's first mayor. He founded Owosso's first bank, organized the first school district, brought in the first school teacher, organized the first cemetery association (Oak Hill) and organized the first Congregational Church. Gould was also the first lawyer in the city and served as prosecuting attorney and probate judge. Amos was mayor when the Civil War broke out, and he and his brother, Ebenezer Gould, flipped a coin to decide which would enlist and which would remain home to continue the law practice and take care of both families. Amos lost the coin toss. Ebenezer went to war and came back to Owosso a hero while Amos stayed home to care for the family.