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James Gay Gordan

Photo credit: History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of the Hibernian Society for ... By John Hugh Campbell (Philadlephia: The Hiberniana Society, 1892)


Session Position District Party
1881-1882 3 Democrat
1883-1884 3 Democrat
 Counties   Philadelphia


1855 - 1937

Born Nov. 11, 1855, the son of Irish immigrants Andrew (of County Antrim) and Mary (Caldwell) Gordon (of County Tyrone), James G. Gordon was educated in public schools; graduated from Central High School, Philadelphia; read law and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1876.  A Democrat, James pursued private practice; was elected to the state Senate, 1881-1884; appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 1885; and upon the death of Judge Wm. H. Yerkes in October, 1885, Governor Pattison appointed him to fill the vacancy, as Judge of Court of Common Pleas No. 3 - elected for a full term of ten years, commencing January, 1886. In 1892 he joined the Scots-Irish Society Convention in Atlanta; and was a judge of Common Pleas Court #3, Philadelphia.  Judge Gordan married Kate Lecompte Woolford.  He died in 1937, Philadelphia.