John A. Gordon McKinley County, New Mexico

John A. Gordon, of Gallup, a member of the board of County commissioners of McKinley County, has resided in New Mexico since 1890. His father, Henry Gordon, located in the Territory in 1888. John A. Gordon was employed upon the railroad in New Mexico and Arizona until 1897 when he engaged in the tobacco and cigar trade in Albuquerque. Since 1898 he has resided in Gallup, where he has become known as a substantial and public-spirited citizen. He also has business interests in Clarkville and Gibson, and owns valuable undeveloped coal lands in McKinley County. He has taken an active interest in Republican politics, and in the fall of 1904 was elected County commissioner for the full term of four years.

On the 25th of December, 1900, John A. Gordon was married to Rosa Renn. He is a charter member of Manuelito Tribe No. 9 of the Redmen, in which he is a prophet. In an active career he has been watchful of opportunities and has readily utilized the advantages which have come to him, whereby he has made steady progress toward the goal of prosperity.

He was born in Scotland in 1873, but was brought to this country by his parents at the age of five months and has always been thoroughly American in spirit and interests. He is numbered among the pioneers whose efforts in behalf of the southwest have been effective, beneficial and far-reaching.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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