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James Wright Gordon
Gordon was born in Plainfield, Connecticut. He studied law and moved to Michigan, establishing a practice in Marshall. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate in 1839 and Lieutenant Governor 1840 to 1841 and became Governor ex officio, when William Woodbridge resigned on February 23, 1841, to become a U.S. Senator. He completed the remainder of Woodbridge's term, until January 3, 1842.
Gordon was ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Representative from Michigan's 2nd District in 1846 and 1847. He was U.S. Consul in Pernambuco, Brazil from 1850 to 1853 and died while in office when he accidentally fell to his death from a second-story balcony.
He lived for a time in Battle Creek, Michigan.
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