Gordon, Walter Arthur


(1894–1976), lawyer and judge. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of its law school at Boalt Hall, he, at times, served as a Berkeley city policeman, a college football coach, and as counsel for the Golden State Insurance Corporation, while maintaining a private legal practice in Oakland, California. He served as an officer of the Berkeley branch of the NAACP and, in 1943, Walter White contacted him and nine other branch secretaries representing the most effective branches to start protesting War Manpower Commissioner Paul V. McNutt’s decision to cancel the FEPC hearings on racial discrimination in the railroad industry. Gordon subsequently served as governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands (1955–58) and as judge of the U.S. district court for the Virgin Islands (1958–76).

1894 October 10
1976 April 2