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Gordon, Marquis Lafayette, 1843-1900



  • Existence: 1843 - 1900

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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Agnes and M. Lafayette Gordon papers

Identifier: MS-1344
Overview Agnes Donald Gordon, missionary. Born 1853. M. Lafayette Gordon, physician, medical missionary, professor of Theology. Born 1843. The papers of Agnes and M. Lafayette Gordon contain personal and professional correspondence, financial and legal papers, address books, writings, a diary, notebooks, pamphlets, and clippings documenting the Gordon's missionary work and life in both Japan for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and in Massachusetts, and M. Lafayette Gordon's...