John Gordon (Conservative politician)

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For the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy, see John E. Gordon.

The Hon. John Edward Gordon (5 February 1850 – 19 February 1915)[1][2] was a British Conservative Party politician.[3]

The eldest son of Edward Gordon, Baron Gordon of Drumearn, a senior Scottish judge and Conservative politician, he was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Edinburgh.[3] In 1879 he married the daughter of John Snowdon Henry, former member of parliament for South East Lancashire.[3] They had five children.[4]

He was elected at the 1895 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Elginshire and Nairnshire, unseating the Liberal MP John Keay.[5] He was re-elected in 1900, but did not defend the seat at the 1906 general election,[5] By this time he had moved to the resort town of Hove on the south coast of England, and he stood instead in the local two-seat Brighton constituency.[4][6] In 1907 his wife moved to Japan and she is buried on Mount Koya.

He came fourth, albeit in a close contest, and did not stand again until a by-election in June 1911. He was returned unopposed to fill the vacancy caused when sitting MP Walter Rice was elevated to the peerage on inheriting the title of Baron Dynevor.[4][6][7][8] However, he resigned the seat three years later due to ill health, on 23 June 1914, by accepting the post of Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[9][10]

He died in a nursing home in Bromley, Kent, in February 1915 aged 65.[11]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ a b c "Gordon, Hon. John Edward". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Election Intelligence. Brighton". The Times. 27 June 1911. p. 13. 
  5. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 538. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  6. ^ a b Craig, op. cit, pages 82–83
  7. ^ "Brighton, The Unionist Candidate". The Times. 13 June 1911. p. 12. 
  8. ^ "The Brighton Vacancy. No Liberal Candidate". The Times. 16 June 1911. p. 10. 
  9. ^ "By-Election At Brighton. Retirement Of The Hon. J. E. Gordon". The Times. 23 June 1914. p. 8. 
  10. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Obituary: The Hon J. E. Gordon". The Times. 20 February 1915. p. 6. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Seymour Keay
Member of Parliament for Elginshire & Nairnshire
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Williamson
Preceded by
Walter Rice
George Tryon
Member of Parliament for Brighton
With: George Tryon
Succeeded by
George Tryon
Charles Thomas-Stanford