Is a native of Mississippi, but was reared in Arkansas. He was born September 4th, 1847. His father, James Gordon, is also a physician. He is a native of Alabama. He removed to Mississippi, and about the year 1850,went to Arkansas, where he practiced medicine until 1864, when he came to Clinton count, Ills., and stopped in Jamestown, where he remained until 1870; then removed to Greenville, in Bond county, Ills., where he at present resides. He married Mary Ann ANDERSON, of Alabama. She died in 1862. There were twelve children by that union, four of whom are living. After the death of his first, he married his present wife, whose name was Mary J. MARSHALL. By this marriage there were ten children, six living. Dr. J. T. is the youngest of the sons living, the offspring of the first marriage. He was educated in the schools of Arkansas, and at McKendree College, at Lebanon, in St. Clair county, Ills. He read medicine under the direction of his father. In 1866-67 he entered the St. Louis Medical College, took two full courses, and graduated in March, 1868, with the degree of M. D. He commenced the practice at Pocahontas, in Bond county, in connection with his brother, John H. Gordon. He continued there two years, then came to Carlyle in February, 1870, and here he has practiced his profession to the present time. He is a member of the Clinton County Medical Society, and has been its Secretary since its organization. He is also a member fo the Masonic Order, and was W. M. of Scott Lodge, No. 79, Carlyle, Ills.
On the 4th of September, 1857, he married Miss Mary A. ELLEGOOD, of Clinton County, Ills. She died in 1875, leaving one child, a son, named Robert Earl Gordon. On the 10th of May, 1876, he married Susan, daughter of Hon. Samuel H. CHALLIS, of Bond county, Ills. There are two children living by this latter marriage named Lulu E. and Edwin Hoyt Gordon. Both he and his wife are members of the M. E. Church. Politically he has always voted the Republican ticket. During the late war the family were Unionists, and were much persecuted on that account. The Gordons are a family of physicians. Madison D. Gordon, the son by the second marriage of James Gordon, is also studying for the profession, and has completed his first course in the St. Louis Medical College. With the admission of Madison to the profession there will be eight of the family, including the father, who are physicians. All are graduates of the St. Louis Medical College, except the father and the second son, James. B., who graduated at the Memphis Medical College in Tennessee.
Dr. J. T. Gordon has been very successful in his practice in Carlyle and vicinity, and stands at the head of the profession in Clinton county. He is a liberal-minded man, possessing broad views, and a thorough gentleman. He belongs to the progressive school of medicine, and is well posted in all the discoveries that are daily being made in the science of medicine.
Source: History of Marion and Clinton Counties, Illinois, 1881, Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
Submitted by: Pamela Safriet
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