William F. Gordon

William Fitzhugh Gordon ( * January 13, 1787 at Fredericksburg, Virginia; † August 28, 1858 in Albemarle County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1830 and 1835 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Gordon attended the common schools and the Spring Hill Academy. After a subsequent law degree in 1808 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Orange Court House in this profession. In 1809 he moved his residence and his law firm to Charlottesville. In 1812 he also worked as a prosecutor. Gordon also took part in the British -American War and later became Major General of the state militia of Virginia. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1818 and 1829 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In the 1820s he joined the movement to Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In the years 1829 and 1830 he was a delegate at a meeting to revise the constitution of his home state.

Following the resignation of Mr William Cabell Rives Gordon was at the due election for the tenth seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 25 January 1830. After two re- elections he could remain until March 3, 1835 in Congress. Since 1833 he represented there as the successor of John J. Roane twelfth electoral district of his state. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

1834 Gordon was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked in agriculture. In 1850 he took part in Nashville as a delegate to the Southern Convention. William Gordon died on August 28, 1858 on his plantation Edgeworth in Albermarle County.