William Gordon (Ohio politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th district
March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1919
|Preceded by||L. Paul Howland|
|Succeeded by||Charles A. Mooney|
December 15, 1862|
Oak Harbor, Ohio
|Died||January 16, 1942
|Resting place||Oak Harbor Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan Law School|
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Gordon was born on a farm near Oak Harbor in Ottawa County, Ohio. He attended the public schools and Toledo (Ohio) Business College, and then taught school. Entering politics, he was the deputy county treasurer from 1887–1889 and a member of the board of school examiners of Ottawa County 1890-1896.
He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1893. Gordon was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Oak Harbor. He was the prosecuting attorney for Ottawa County from 1895–1901 and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896. He was a member of the Democratic State committee in 1903 and 1904.
Entering private business, he founded the Gordon Lumber Company. In 1906, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and reentered politics shortly afterward. Gordon was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress, but was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1919). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress.
Gordon reengaged in the practice of law until his death in Cleveland in 1942. He was interred in Oak Harbor Cemetery, Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Gordon was married September 12, 1893 to Elizabeth Gernhard, daughter of the sheriff of Ottawa County. They had two children.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- GORDON, William at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Neff, William B, ed. (1921). Bench and Bar of Northern Ohio History and Biography. Cleveland: The Historical Publishing Company. p. 421.