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A well-known representative of the banking interests, Mr. Gordon occupies the position of president of the Wathena State Bank and so controls its affairs as to win for the institution a most creditable reputation for reliability. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in February, 1863, and is a son of John C. Gordon, who was born in the Empire state in 180o and was reared and educated there. Having arrived at years of maturity he was married, in Utica, New York, to Miss Hannah Smith, and to them were born, eleven children, five sons and six daughters, of whom six are now living. In 1854 the parents emigrated westward and nine years later took up their residence in St. Joseph, Missouri. The father was a millwright by trade and followed that occupation during the greater part of his business career. He voted for Abraham Lincoln in 186o, casting his ballot in support of the Republican nominees from that time onward. Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church and were people of the highest respectability.

John A. C. Gordon was reared and educated near St. Joseph, Missouri, and at an early period in his business career began shipping fruit to the western markets, in which enterprise he has been very successful. He is now at the head of the Wathena State Bank and is recognized as a most able financier and competent business man, whose judgment is rarely, if ever, at fault, and whose keen discernment and untiring industry have been potent elements in his success.

At the age of thirty years Mr. Gordon was united in marriage to Miss Ludie Bachelor, a lady of good education and fine culture, whose birth occurred in New Orleans. They now have two children, -- Virgie and John. In his political views Mr. Gordon is a stalwart Republican, who takes a zealous interest in the growth and welfare of his party and has many times served as a delegate to county and state conventions. He is a member of the Masonic order and of Phoenix Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F. In all things pertaining to the general good he manifests a commendable interest and gives his support to every measure for the general welfare.