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James Wright Gordon

Birthplace: Plainfield, Windham, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Pernambuco, Brazil
Cause of death: fell to death from 2nd story balcony accidentally
Place of Burial: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Immediate Family:

Son of James Gordon, Jr. and Catharine Gardner
Husband of Mary Gordon
Father of Anna Augusta Gordon

Occupation: Governor of Michigan
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About J. Wright Gordon, Governor


James Wright Gordon (1809 – December 1853), usually referred to as J. Wright Gordon, was a Whig politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Gordon was born in Plainfield, Connecticut and studied law.

Life and politics in Michigan

He later moved to Michigan, establishing a practice in Marshall, and also lived for a time in Battle Creek. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate (6th district) in 1839 and served as the second Lieutenant Governor from 1840 to 1841.

Gordon became the third Governor of Michigan ex officio, when William Woodbridge resigned on February 23, 1841, to become a U.S. Senator. He completed the remainder of Woodbridge's term, until January 3, 1842.

He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Representative from Michigan's 2nd congressional district in 1846 and 1847, being defeated by John Smith Chipman.

Death in Brazil

Gordon was U.S. Consul in Pernambuco, Brazil from 1850 to 1853 and died at the age of 44, while in office, when he accidentally fell to his death from a second-story balcony.

J. Wright Gordon is interred in Brazil.

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J. Wright Gordon, Governor's Timeline

Plainfield, Windham, Connecticut, United States
Age 26
December 1853
Age 44
Pernambuco, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil