Dennis Lordon, son of Thomas and Annastia (McNamara) Lordon, natives of Ireland, was born in that country March 4, 1845, and came with his parents to America when four years of age. They settled in New York State and remained there four years, and in 1853 came to Grand Rapids. Dennis was the third son of a family of five children. He attended the common schools of Grand Rapids, and in 1862 came with his parents to Newaygo County, where his father took up 160 acres of land, in Sheridan Township, which they managed together.
He was married in Muskegon, Oct. 18, 1867, to Mary, daughter of Robert Meighen, natives of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Lordon had four children: Frank, Mary, George and Nellie. After his marriage Mr. Lordon settled on a tract of land adjoining his father, and they carried on farming together. In 1880 he fitted up a restaurant in the fine block built by Hart and Bowman, in Fremont, which he managed to the satisfaction of his patrons.
In politics, he acted with the Democratic Party, but later belonged to the National party.
When Mr. Lordon was eight years of age he attempted to jump from a train of cars in motion, on the N.Y.& L.E.R.R. He lost his footing and the result was the loss of his right leg, just below the knee.
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