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 William Washington Gordon Sr.

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William Washington Gordon Sr.

Birth
Richmond County, Georgia, USA
Death 20 Mar 1842 (aged 45)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 43455645 View Source
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William W. Gordon was educated at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in the Class of 1815. He served in the Army seven months, as an aide-de‑camp to General Gaines, and resigned, setting up instead a civilian career as a lawyer in Savannah, GA, and was the mayor of that town in 1833 to 1835 and serving a year after that in the State House of Representatives. The last few years of his life he was President of a local railroad company; and Savannah still has a monument to him, erected in honor of his railroad work: it is among the town's historic sights. (Basic information from Cullum's Register of Graduates of the Military Academy, online at Thayer's American History site.)


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Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM WASHINGTON GORDON, son of Ambrose and Elizabeth Gordon, who was born near Augusta, June 17, 1796, and died at Savannah on March 20, 1842. He lived among his fellowmen distinguished for lofty independence of character, for honesty and firmness of purpose, and for patriotic public services. He died in the bosom of his family, a Christian in humble hope of a glorious immortality through the merits of his Saviour.


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