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James Wright Gordon
3rd Governor (Feb 23, 1841 - Jan 03, 1842)

 

Born: Jan 01, 1809
Passed: Dec 01, 1853
Birth State: Plainfield, Connecticut
Party: Whig
School: Harvard University
Later student Law in NE
National Office Served: Ambassor

Usually referred to as J. Wright Gordon.  He was born in Plainfield, Connecticut and studied law. He later moved to Michigan, establishing a practice in Marshall.  He also lived for a time in Battle Creek. He entered politics in 1839, serving as a member of the Michigan State Senate for the 6th district. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Michigan from 1840 - 1841. On February 23, 1841, Governor William Woodbridge resigned from office to become a U.S. Senator, and Gordon, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his tenure, the Grand Lodge of Free Masons was restructured. After completing his term, Gorgon left office on January 3, 1842. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Representative from Michigan's 2nd congressional district in 1846 and 1847.

He later served as the U.S. Consul to Brazil, a position he held from 1850 until his death in 1853. Governor J. Wright Gordon passed away when he accidently fell from a 2nd story balcony in Brazil. He is interred in Brazil.

 

 

 

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