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Eleanor Kinzie Gordon

Eleanor Kinzie Gordon, social welfare administrator, Spanish-American War volunteer, writer. member Ellsworth’s Zouaves, Chicago, 1852.


  • Gordon, Eleanor Kinzie was born on June 18, 1835 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of John Harris and Juliette Augusta (Magill) Kinzie.

  • Education

    • Educated Chicago and New York City.


    • Organizer, 1894, and 1st president Georgia branch Society Colonial Dames of America, and served 6 years. 2d vice president National Society Colonial Dames of America, 1899-1903. Organizer, 1906, Georgia Society American Red Cross.

      Honorary state regent D.A.R., for Georgia one term. Equipped and conducted convalescent hospital, at Miami, Florida, during Spanish-American War, 1898, for soldiers of 1st Brigade, under General Lloyd Wheaton, and of 2d Brigade, under her husband, General W. W. Gordon. Honorary member Ellsworth’s Zouaves, Chicago, 1852.


    • Author: (poems) Rosemary and Rue, 1906. Life of John Kinzie, the Father of Chicago, 1906. Lieutenant Helm’s Account of the Massacre at Fort Dearborn, 1912.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Ellsworth’s Zouaves, Chicago, 1852.


    • Married William Washington Gordon, December 21, 1857.
    • father: John Harris Kinzie
    • mother: Juliette Augusta (Magill) Kinzie
    • spouse: William Washington Gordon
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    Born June 18, 1835
    Died February 22, 1917
    (aged 81)