James Gordon (Mississippi)

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James Gordon
James Gordon.jpg
Born (1833-12-06)December 6, 1833
Cotton Gin Port, Mississippi
Died November 28, 1912(1912-11-28) (aged 78)
Okolona, Mississippi
Predecessor Anselm J. McLaurin
Successor LeRoy Percy
Political party Democratic

James Gordon (December 6, 1833 – November 28, 1912) was an American planter, writer, and politician from Okolona, Mississippi. He was a United States Senator for eight weeks, from December 27, 1909 to February 22, 1910.

During the Civil War he was a Colonel in the Confederate Army and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Following the death of Senator Anselm J. McLaurin, Gordon was appointed by Governor Edmond Noel on December 27, to fill the vacancy until the state legislature could elect a new U.S. Senator.

The day after his appointment by Governor Noel to the United States Senate, Gordon was identified by the Memphis Press-Scimitar as a former fugitive who had been sought as a suspect in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Gordon was listed in 1865 by the United States government as a fugitive, and a reward of $10,000 had been offered for his capture, dead or alive. Later that year, he was ruled out of the suspects.[1] Gordon had admitted that he had met with John Wilkes Booth in Montreal in March 1865, and had discussed plans to kidnap Lincoln, but denied any discussion of an assassination.[2]

Gordon served until February 22, 1910, when he was succeeded by LeRoy Percy, who had been elected by the legislature.


  1. ^ "New Senator Once Fugitive", New York Times, December 29, 1909, p1
  2. ^ William A. Tidwell, Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln (University Press of Mississippi, 1988), pp405-410

External links[edit]

United States Congress. "GORDON, James (id: G000312)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Anselm J. McLaurin
Class 2 U.S. Senator from Mississippi
December 27, 1909 – February 23, 1910
Succeeded by
LeRoy Percy