Member Biography

James Gay Gordon Sr.


History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of the Hibernian Society for ... By John Hugh Campbell (Philadlephia: The Hiberniana Society, 1892)

Sessions Office Position District Party
1881-1882       3 Democrat
1883-1884       3 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


11/11/1855 - 03/30/1937

Judge James Gay Gordon, Sr. (D3) Philadelphia (Part) County 1881-1884

Early Life:

Judge James Gay Gordon, Sr., born November 11, 1855, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Andrew and Mary Gordon; educated, public schools; graduated Central High School, Philadelphia, 1873; read law, admitted, Philadelphia bar, 1876; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1881-1884; Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, No. 3, 1885-1896; unsuccessful candidate, democratic nomination Governor, Altoona Convention, 1898; married, Kate Lecompte Woolford, 11 children; died March 30, 1937 (aged 81) Overbrook, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.    

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1881-1884, Committee assignments, Accounts, Federal Relations, Insurance, Judicial General. 

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Appointed, Governor Robert E. Pattison, Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, No. 3, death, Judge William H. Yerkes, October, 1885, elected, January, 1886; reelected, 1896, resigned, 1898.  

Unsuccessful candidate, democratic nomination Governor, Altoona Convention, 1898.  

Support counsel, New York Governor William Sulzer, impeachment trial, 1913, impeached.  


Son, James Gay Gordon, Jr. President Judge Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Court No. 2.      


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "G""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1883). Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 764, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 731.

The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, March 31, 1937, Page 10.

Judge James Gay Gordon (1855-1937) - Find a Grave Memorial