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Henry Herman Gordon (4 July 1873 - 10 December 1939) was a civil engineer and local politician.

Born in Germany, he was the son of Abraham Elias Gordon, a naturalised Russian-born Jew, who became precentor of the Great Synagogue, Duke's Place. By 1891 the family was living in Whitechapel and Henry was a theological student.

In 1892 he graduated BA from the University of London and then studied the mechanical science tripos at the University of Cambridge in 1893-95. He moved to Bengal, joining the staff of the East India Railway in October 1895. In 1898 he was admitted to the Institute of Civil Engineers.

He returned to the United Kingdom and at the 1901 census was back in the parental home in Whitechapel and was employed as a civil engineer by Stepney Borough Council.

He was elected to the London County Council in 1904 as a Progressive Party councillor representing Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel, he held the seat until 1919 and the successor seat of Stepney, Whitechapel and St George's until 1922. He was Deputy Chairman of the County Council for 1916–17.

In 1906 he married Lulu (or Mary) Sarah Kauffman-Kendall and by 1911 he was working for a railway company and living in St Pancras in his mother-in-law's house. He became an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1914, when he was described as being in private practice.

He died at his home in Kensington in 1939, aged 66.

Author of 'Some Aspects of Metropolitan road and rail transit.'

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