Gordon, William, 1919-


William Gordon was born in 1919 and was raised primarily in Mississippi and Arkansas. He was sent to school in Memphis, Tennessee, as a teenager, where he excelled in his studies, going on to Le Moyne College in the 1930s. Following his graduation, Gordon enlisted in the army and fought in World War II. After the war, Gordon attended graduate school to study journalism. Gordon wrote for the Atlanta Daily World beginning in 1948, during which time he formed a close relationship with Atlanta Constitution editor and anti-segregationist Ralph McGill. Gordon also formed close connections with Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge. In the late 1950s, Gordon began to work for the United States Information Agency (USIA) and spent many years traveling through African and Europe.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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