James Gordon (New York)

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James Gordon (October 31, 1739 – January 17, 1810) was an Irish-born American merchant, soldier, and politician.

He was born in Killead, County Antrim, Ireland, and left in 1758, settling in Schenectady, New York. From that base and from Detroit, Michigan, he traded with various Native American tribes.

He served as militia lieutenant colonel in the American Revolution. In the 1780 British raid, known as "The Burning of the Valleys", he was captured and taken to Quebec, where he was held until he managed to escape in 1783.[1]

During and after the war, first in 1777, held various legislative offices, serving in both houses of the state legislature, and representing the state in the United States House of Representatives from 1791 until 1795.

Gordon was married to Mary Ball, daughter of Rev. Eliphalet Ball, the founder of Ballston, New York.[2]

Gordon Creek, in the Town of Ballston, is named for him.


  1. ^ Anderson, George Baker (1899). Our County and Its People. The Boston History Company. pp. 65–70. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Stone, William Leete (1880). REMINISCENCES OF SARATOGA AND BALLSTON. Retrieved July 4, 2016.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ezekiel Gilbert
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Williams