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Eleanor Kinzie Gordon

social welfare administrator , writer , Spanish-American War volunteer

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.


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.


Member Ellsworth’s Zouaves, Chicago, 1852.


Married William Washington Gordon, December 21, 1857.

John Harris Kinzie

Juliette Augusta (Magill) Kinzie

William Washington Gordon