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Thomas Gordon
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  Thomas Gordon was born in 1652. During the year 1692-1693, he was appointed Deputy Secretary and Register for the East Jersey Proprietors, Clerk of the Court of Common Right, Register of the Court of Chancery, and a Commissioner to try small cases. In 1693, he was appointed Judge of the Probate Court and the next year, was named one of the officers of customs at Perth Amboy. On November 11, 1695, he was commissioned to travel to England to give information to the Board of Proprietors. He was once again commissioned Judge of the Probate Court in 1700. On November 10, 1703 he represented the town of Perth Amboy when the first General Assembly of the Province of New Jersey was convened by Lord Cornbury. In 1703, Gordon was appointed Register of the Council of Proprietors of East Jersey.  
    When the Assembly convened on May 5, 1708, Gordon was elected Speaker after Samuel Jennings became ill and was unable to perform his duties. Thomas Gordon was appointed Chief Justice by Governor John Lovelace on April 28, 1709. He served only a few months in this position and, in 1710, he was appointed by Governor Hunter to the office of Receiver General of the Province, where he served until 1719. On January 22, 1714, Gordon was appointed Attorney General by Governor Robert Hunter. He was appointed a member of the Council by Governor Hunter and again by Governor William Burnet in 1720, serving until 1722.
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