John I. Gordon  

JOHN I. GORDON,  of Mercer, was born in Mill Creek Township, this county, March 3, 1845, and lived on the same farm, attending district school and the New Lebanon Academy three terms prior to August, 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Company A, One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was discharged from the United States service in December, 1864, on account of a gunshot wound received in the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia. On returning from the army, after his health had sufficiently recovered, he attended the State Normal School at Edinboro, alternating with teaching until in the spring of 1868, when he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Giebner, of Sandy Lake. In 1869 he was elected recorder of deeds of this county, and assumed his official duties the first Monday of December of that year; following this he served three years as prothonotary’s clerk, and on January 1, 1876, he assumed the management and control of the Mercer Dispatch newspaper and is still connected with that business, although doing but little in the office since January, 1881. In 1880 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago. The past seven years he has been engaged principally in farming. He is interested in the Soldiers’ Orphan School at Mercer, is a Republican, a member of the Second United Presbyterian Church and is superintendent of its Sabbath schools.

Source: (History of Mercer County, 1888, page 666)

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