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)
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.