David Alexander Gordon

David Alexander Gordon
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kent East
In office
Preceded by The electoral district was created in 1903.
Succeeded by The electoral district was abolished in 1914.
Personal details
Born January 18, 1858(1858-01-18)
Wallaceburg, Canada West
Died March 9, 1919(1919-03-09) (aged 61)
Political party Liberal

David Alexander Gordon (January 18, 1858 – March 9, 1919) was a Canadian politician.


Political career

Born in Wallaceburg, Canada West, the son of Aaron Gordon, Scotch, and Jane Steinchoff, German, Gordon educated at the Public Schools in Wallaceburg. A manufacturer, he was a town councillor and mayor of Wallaceburg from 1898 to 1900. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Canadian House of Commons for the electoral district of Bothwell at the general elections of 1900. He was elected in 1904 for the electoral district of Kent East. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1908 and 1911.

His son Arthur St. Clair Gordon later served as an Ontario cabinet minister.

Business career

Although D.A. Gordon had a successful regional and national political career he is known locally as the “Father of Modern Wallaceburg”. He was most likely given this title for his work in establishing four of Wallaceburg’s most successful industries: Wallaceburg Cooperage Company (1887), Sydenham Glass Company (1894), Canada and Dominion Sugar Company (1901), and the Wallaceburg Brass & Iron Limited Company (1905). He played various leadership roles in starting the aforementioned businesses, however, his ability to raise investment funds was invaluable.[1]


  1. ^ Mann, Alan and Frank. Settlement on The Sydenham: The Story of Wallaceburg. Wallaceburg: Standard Press, 1984, 2-15.

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