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  • Full Name: William Fitzhugh Gordon Jr.
  • Served: 1859 - 1865
  • Bio Information: Born at “Edgeworth”, Albemarle County, Va., November 26, 1823. Died in Staunton, Va., July 26, 1904. Buried in Louisa, Va. William F. Gordon Jr. was the son of William Fitzhugh Gordon and his second wife, Elizabeth (Lindsay) Gordon. He received his Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Virginia (1842-43). He was one of the secretaries of the Constitutional Convention held in the city of Richmond in 1861, which adopted the Ordinance of Secession; was special emissary of the Convention conveying the official copy of that document to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, at Montgomery, Alabama; and was a soldier in the Confederate States Army. He was defeated in 1865 for reelection as Clerk by John Bell Bigger. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1875-77. He married, November 12, 1850, his cousin, Nannie Watson Morris, daughter of James Maury and Ann (Morris) Morris of “Green Springs”, Louisa County. Photograph on file in the office of the Clerk of the House of Delegates. While he was Clerk of the House, the Speakers were OSCAR MINOR CRUTCHFIELD, JAMES L. KEMPER, and HUGH W. SHEFFEY.

*The information within this interactive and searchable application has been researched extensively by the House Clerk’s Office. As with any historical records of this age and breadth, there may be discrepancies and/or inconsistencies within records obtained from a variety of credible sources. Any feedback is encouraged at history@house.virginia.gov.

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