Alexander County

Biography - J J Gordon

J. J. GORDON, M. D., Cairo, was born in Perry County, Ohio, January 6, 1835. His parents, Adam Gordon and Eleanor Shriver, were natives of Pennsylvania, where they were reared and married, soon after which they moved into Perry County, Ohio. There the father died in 1836, leaving but one child, the subject of this sketch. His mother was subsequently married, reared a family and is now living at the old homestead, in Perry County, in her sixty- ninth year. J. J. Gordon grew to maturity in his native county, receiving the advantages of a common school education, and then took a three years' course in the St. Joseph College of same county. He then entered the office of W. W. Arnold, M. D., of Ohio, under whom he pursued the study of medicine for four years. He graduated from the Cleveland Medical College in 1859, and immediately began the practice of his profession in the town of Somerset, Ohio, where he remained but a brief period, coming to Cairo, Ill., in the fall of 1859. Since that time he has been in active practice; from 1863 to 1868, he was associated with Dr. W. R. Smith, but with that exception, he has practiced alone. Office on Commercial avenue. He was married, February 27, 1862, to Mrs. Isadore Burke, widow of William Burke, and daughter of Dr. Henry Delaney. She was born in Kentucky February 23, 1838, died November 14, 1875, leaving two children — Mary Adella, born March 29, 1863, and Joseph J., born February 6, 1866. The family are members of the Catholic Church, and enjoy the confidence of many warm friends.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 18-19.

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