Gordon, John P.
Born: 1824-07-29 Lynnville, Illinois
Died: 1906-04-23 Morgan County, Illinois
Flourished: Lynnville, Illinois
J0hn P. Gordon was a farmer, merchant, postmaster, and prominent citizen of Lynnville, Illinois. Son of William Gordon and nephew of James Gordon, John P. Gordon spent his early years on his father's homestead in Lynnville, receiving his primary education in local schools. At the age of nineteen, he moved to Steubenville, Ohio, where he studied at Scott's Academy for two years. By 1848, he was back in Lynnville and operating a general mercantile establishment, which he continued to hold an interest until well after the Civil War. In May 1849, he received appointment as postmaster of Lynnville, holding that position until 1855. In 1850, he was a merchant living in the household of Nimrod Funk. In December 1850, Gordon married Sarah P. Campbell, a daughter of Nimrod Funk. This union would result in seven children. In 1860, Gordon was living and farming in Lynnville and own real property valued at $15,200 and a personal estate of $4,100. Gordon was a member of the Christian Church and the Freemasons. In politics, he gravitated first to the Whigs and then to the Republicans, voting for John C. Fremont in the presidential election of 1856. After the Civil War, Gordon moved to Jacksonville, serving as director of the Jacksonville National Bank. He also represented Morgan County in the Illinois House of Representatives.
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