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James Wright Gordon
Third Governoor of Michigan
Feb 23, 1841 - Jan 03, 1842

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

Gordon entered politics in 1839, serving as a member of the Michigan State Senate. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Michigan from 1840 to 1841. On February 23, 1841, Governor William Woodbridge resigned from office, 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, Gordon left office on January 3, 1842. 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 accidentally fell from a balcony in Brazil.

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