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GORDON, Patrick, soldier, born in 1644; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 August, 1736. He was bred to arms in the British service, and served from his youth to the close of Queen Anne's reign with a high reputation. He was afterward appointed governor of Pennsylvania, arrived there with his family in the summer of 1726, and met the assembly in August. In his first address he said that he had been a soldier, knew nothing of the crooked ways of professed politicians, and must rely upon a blunt, straightforward course in his communications with them and in the administration of the government. At a council held in Philadelphia on 26 May, 1728, for the purpose of renewing treaties with the Indian tribes there represented, it was said by the Indians in reference to the governor's address, "The governor's words were all right and good; we have never had any such speech since William Penn was here." Governor Gordon was equally popular with his own people. He published " Two Indian Treaties at Conestogoe, 1728" (Philadelphia, 1728).
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