William Gordon (Ohio politician)

William Gordon ( * December 15, 1862 in Oak Harbor, Ohio; † January 16, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. From March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1919, he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 20th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


On a farm near Oak Harbor William Gordon was born in 1862. He attended the public schools in Oak Harbor and went to Toledo to college. Before he became a full-time politician, he was deputy treasurer of the Ottawa County and 1890-1896 Member of the Board of Education.

In 1893, he completed his law studies at the University of Michigan. In the same year he was admitted to the bar and practiced henceforth in his native city. From 1895 to 1901 he was prosecuting attorney in Ottawa County. 1896 was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1906 he moved to Cleveland, where he founded a company called Gordon Lumber Company. In 1910 he ran for the first time for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but successful. Then in 1912 he succeeded in gaining the House representing the 20th District of Ohio. He served three terms of office and retired in 1919 from again.

He retired back to Cleveland, where he worked as a lawyer until his death on January 16, 1942. He was buried in the Oak Harbor Cemetery in his hometown. Gordon was in 1893 married to Elizabeth Gernhard together both had two children.