Maj Jonathan Wesley Gordon

Maj Jonathan Wesley Gordon

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Apr 1887 (aged 66)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 2, Lot: 119, No 2
Memorial ID 70740057 · View Source
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Distinguished lawyer, Major in the Union Army. In 1844 Jonathan began practicing law in Versailles, Indiana. When the Mexican War broke out he enlisted in the 3rd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers and was commissioned a Major. Discharged due to ill health, he began studying medicine, became a skilled doctor and was elected to the Medical Society of Indiana. In 1852 he moved to Indianapolis and returned to law. He served three terms in the state House of Representatives, two as Speaker of the House.
In April 1861 he enlisted in Company G, 9th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Infantry, was promoted to Sgt Major, then appointed Major in the Eleventh United States Infantry by President Lincoln.
His biographies read "The most prominent criminal lawyer of his time in Indiana." "He was a forcible speaker and writer and was the author of several beautiful poems."
"It has been well said of Major Gordon that 'he was one of those rare souls it is always a joy to meet'. Wherever he went he took with him an atmosphere of sunshine and hope."

Stephen S Harding, his good friend and fellow lawyer and abolitionist wrote of him:
"I would I had the power to write
Over his grave in letters of light
His viewless spirit's last request,-
To help your hapless fellow men"

"Labor to know what is right..." JWG



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JONATHAN W. GORDON
1819 --- 1887


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  • Created by: Eugene Gordon
  • Added: 2 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70740057
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Jonathan Wesley Gordon (18 Aug 1820–27 Apr 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70740057, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Eugene Gordon (contributor 47486575) .