Agnes and M. Lafayette Gordon papers, 1880-1940 Rauner Manuscript MS-1344

Biography

Agnes Donald Gordon was born in Andover, NH in 1853. By the age of 17 she was teaching school in Andover, NH. In 1872 she married M. Lafayette Gordon, a doctor and seminary student at Andover Theological Seminary. That same year, Agnes and her husband left the United States for Japan where they committed their lives to missionary work. Agnes and her husband had four children: Fanny Gordon Bartlett, Donald Gordon, Mary Gordon Reifsnider and Unk Gordon, who died in infancy. In 1898 Agnes Gordon and her husband returned to the United States and worked at the Walker Mission Home in Newton, MA. Agnes Donald Gordon died December 29, 1940 in Pasadena, CA.

Biography

Marquis Lafayette Gordon was born July 18, 1843 in Waynesburg, PA. He was a member of Company G, 85th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. After the war Gordon attended Waynesburg College and earned his M.D in 1870 from Columbia University’s Medical College. Later he attended Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1871. In 1872 M. Lafayette Gordon married Agnes Donald Gordon, schoolteacher.
 
 That same year, M. Lafayette and Agnes Gordon left the United States for Japan where they committed their lives to missionary work. M. Lafayette Gordon served as a medical missionary and later as a professor of Theology at Doshisha University in Kyoto. From 1865-1894 he was Foreign Secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Japan.
 
 The Gordon’s had four children: Fanny Gordon Bartlett, Donald Gordon, Mary Gordon Reifsnider and Unk Gordon, who died in infancy. In 1898 M. Lafayette and his wife returned to the United States and worked at the Walker Mission Home in Newton, MA. M. Lafayette Gordon died on November 4, 1900. 

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