Armistead C. Gordon

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Armistead C. Gordon

Armistead Churchill Gordon (December 20, 1855 – 1931) was a Virginia lawyer and a prolific writer of prose and poetry.

Background[edit]

Portrait and signature from an 1892 periodical

Gordon was the son of George Loyall and Mary Long (Daniel) Gordon,[1] as well as the grandson and biographer of William F. Gordon.[2] Through his mother, he was a descendant of William Randolph and John Stith.[1][3]

Gordon attended the University of Virginia for two years, beginning in 1873, then taught school and studied law, joining the bar in 1879.[4] He practiced law in Staunton, Virginia, where he was mayor for two years, and served as Commonwealth's Attorney.[5] He was a member of the Boards of Visitors of the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia, where he also served as rector, and he was the first chairman of the Virginia State Library Board.[4] His tenure on the University of Virginia board included the aftermath of the burning of The Rotunda. He received an honorary of Doctor of Laws degree from the College of William & Mary in 1906[6] and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Washington and Lee University in 1923.[7] He was a president of The Virginia Bar Association, for 1920-21.[8]

Literary works[edit]

Works by or about A.C. Gordon include:[5]

Poetry[edit]

Armistead Churchill Gordon & Thomas Nelson Page, Befo' de War: Echoes in Negro Dialect (New York: Charles Scribner's, 1888) (New York: C. Scribner's, 1893)

Armistead C. Gordon, For Truth and Freedom: Poems of Commemoration (Staunton, Virginia: A. Shultz, 1898)

Armistead C. Gordon, Vitali Lampada. A Song for a Centenary Year (1901)

Armistead C. Gordon, The Ivory Gate (New York: Neale Publishing Co., 1907)

Armistead C. Gordon, The Western Front (Staunton, Virginia: Privately Printed, 1928)

Armistead C. Gordon, The Fount of Castaly (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1934)

Law Poetry Anthologies[edit]

Armistead Churchill Gordon, "Law at our Boarding-House," in Ina Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyer's Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer and about the Lawyer 175-176 (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900) (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Co., 1990)

Writings[edit]

Armistead C. Gordon, Congressional Currency. An Outline of the Federal Money System (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1895)

Armistead C. Gordon, The Gay Gordons: Ballads of an Ancient Scottish Clan (Staunton, Virginia: Albert Shultz, 1902)

Armistead C. Gordon, Gift of the Morning Star: A Story of Sherando (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1905)

Armistead C. Gordon, Robin Aroon, a Comedy of Manners (New York: Neale Pub. Co., 1908)

Armistead C. Gordon, William Fitzhugh Gordon. A Virginian of the Old School: His Life,Times,and Contemporaries (1787-1858)(New York: Neale Publishing Co., 1909)

Armistead C. Gordon & Edwin Alderman, J.L.M. Curry: A Biography (New York: Macmillan, 1911)

Armistead C. Gordon, Maje: A Love Story (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914)

Armistead C. Gordon, Ommirandy Plantation Life at Kingsmill (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917) (illustrated by Walter Biggs)

Armistead C. Gordon, Jefferson Davis. Figures From American History (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918)

Armistead C. Gordon, Gordons in Virginia: With Notes on Gordons of Scotland and Ireland (Hackensack, New Jersey: W. M. Clemens, 1918) (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Antiquarian Books, Inc., 1995) (Hackensack, New Jersey: W. M. Clemens, Limited ed., 1997)

Armistead C. Gordon, Some Lawyers in Colonial Virginia (Richmond, 1921)

Armistead C. Gordon (ed.), Virginian Writers of Fugitive Verse (:New York: J. T. White & Co., 1923)

Armistead C. Gordon (ed.), Men and Events: Chapters of Virginia History (Staunton, Virginia: The McClure Co., 1923)

Armistead C. Gordon, Memories and Memorials of William Gordon McCabe (Richmond: Old Dominion Press,1925) (2 vols.)

Armistead C. Gordon, Allegra, The Story of Byron and Miss Clairmont Minton (Balch & Company, 1926)

Armistead C. Gordon, In the Picturesque Shenandoah Valley (Richmond: Garrett & Massie, Inc. 1930)

Bibliography[edit]

Armistead C. Gordon, A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Armistead C. Gordon, LL.D., LITT.D., 1923 (Staunton, Virginia: Priv. print. for the author by the McClure Co., 1923)

Besides these published volumes, Gordon wrote numerous other published works, including stories in Scribner's magazine[9] and Harper's magazine,[10] and other works including a biographical sketch of William J. Robertson[4] that was later published in a book of "Great Lawyers." His many public speeches include a speech from 1915 on the occasion of the unveiling of the monument to John Tyler in the Hollywood cemetery at Richmond, Virginia.[11]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, John Howard (1900). "Armistead Churchill Gordon". Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States III. Boston, Massachusetts: James H. Lamb Company. p. 331. 
  2. ^ "GEN. W.H GORDON AND HIS TIMES; An Interesting Biography of a Virginian of the Old School" (PDF). N.Y. Times, February 12, 1910. February 12, 1910. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ Gordon, Armistead C (1914). "The Stith Family". In Tyler, Lyon G.. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine XXII. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson. pp. 44–51, 197–208. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Alderman, Edwin, et al., eds. (1909). Library of Southern Literature. The Martin & Hoyt Co. (accessed via Google Books). 
  5. ^ a b "Armistead Churchill Gordon". Lawyers and Poetry. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Honorary degree recipients". Swem Library, College of William & Mary. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Honorary degrees conferred". Washington & Lee University. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ "VBA History and Heritage". The Virginia Bar Association. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  9. ^ "THE BEST SHORT STORIES (1915 - 1917)". Philsp.com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Gordon, Armistead C. (Armistead Churchill)". Harper's magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  11. ^ "John Tyler, tenth president of the United States : an address at the dedication, October 12, 1915, of the monument erected by Congress in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va., in memory of President Tyler". Internet Archive. Retrieved March 13, 2008.