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William Washington Gordon II

1834 – 1912

Juliette Low’s father with his grandchildren

Daisy’s father, William W. Gordon II, (Willie) was a graduate of Yale University and a proud member of the Georgia Hussars, a Savannah militia unit, and entered the Civil War as a lieutenant. After the war, he served with the Georgia State Cavalry. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives 1884 – 1890 and entered the War of 1898 (the Spanish-American War) as a brigadier general in the United States Volunteer Army. At the conclusion of the war, he served on the Puerto Rican Peace Commission representing the United States, which oversaw the withdrawal of Spanish troops from the island. Although he never again ran for office, he maintained an interest in Georgia Democratic Party politics throughout his life. He worked as a cotton factor and commission merchant in Savannah. He was married Eleanor Lytle Kinzie (1835-1917). Their union was a long and devoted romance. The family story has it that Willie returned on the day of Nelly’s death to escort her home.