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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1815

Vol. I

(Born Ga.)

William W. Gordon

(Ap'd Ga.)

William Washington Gordon: Born June 17, 1796 near Augusta, GA.​a1

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, May 2, 1814, to Mar. 2, 1815, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Third Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 2, 1815.

Served as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Maj.‑General Gaines, 1815.

Resigned, Oct. 15, 1815.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Savannah, Ga., 1818‑36. Captain of Hussars, Georgia Militia, 1832‑34. Mayor of the city of Savannah, Ga., 1833‑35. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, 1835‑36. President of the Central Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia, 1836‑42.

Died, Mar. 20, 1842,​a2 at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 46.1

Buried, Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

The Author's Note:

1 Gordon County, in Georgia, was named after him, in testimony of his able and success­ful services in initiating and developing the railroad system of the State; and, in 1859, the Central Railroad Company appropriated $5,000 for the erection of a monument, at Savannah, Ga., to him, its first President, who devoted his life to this great pioneer enterprise, the success of which has covered the State with a network of railways.

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 His tombstone (q.v.) gives his birthdate as June 17, and the date of his death as Mar. 20, confirming Cullum; other dates are seen on various sites online.

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