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William GORDON

(1862-1942)

GORDON, William, a Representative from Ohio; born on a farm near Oak Harbor, Ottawa County, Ohio, December 15, 1862; attended the public schools and Toledo (Ohio) Business College; taught school; deputy county treasurer 1887-1891; member of the board of school examiners of Ottawa County 1890-1896; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1893; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Oak Harbor, Ohio; prosecuting attorney for Ottawa County 1895-1901; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896; member of the Democratic State committee in 1903 and 1904; founder of the Gordon Lumber Co.; moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1906; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1919); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; reengaged in the practice of law until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, January 16, 1942; interment in Oak Harbor Cemetery, Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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