He whose name heads this sketch was born in the State of Alabama, in 1857, and is the son of J. C. and Alabama Gordon.
The father moved to Arkansas in 1859, settling where he now lives, and owns a valuable estate which is well cultivated. He
was twice married, and by his first marriage had four children, all of whom are dead. His second wife is the mother of the
subject of this sketch, and to this union there were likewise born four children, of whom John W. and Victoria (Mrs. Emmett
Gorman) are living. The father died in 1867. He served four years in the Confederate army during the late war, and then
turned his attention to farming. The mother is still on the old homestead.
John W. was educated in the common schools of Chicot County, and at the age of eleven commenced to work for himself, as
a laborer on a farm, working thus until he reached his eighteenth year, at which time he emigrated to the Lone Star State,
being while there a cowboy on the plains, and in 1877 returned home to take charge of his mother's farm, on which he has
resided up to the present date.
In 1884 he married Miss Flora A. Gorman, daughter of John F. and Flora Gorman. To Mr. and Mrs. Gordon have been born
four children, viz.: Ada T., Mary E., Abner G. and George D. Mrs. Gordon is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The subject of this sketch is a very public-spirited man, generous, open-hearted and kind. He is a Democrat, and has served
as deputy sheriff for four years.