Isaac M. Jordan (May 5, 1835 –
December 3, 1890) was a United States Congressman born in Mifflinburg, Union County, Pennsylvania as Isaac M Jordan..
served one term, elected as a Democrat
to the 48th congress
, (March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885) in Ohio's 2nd congressional
, a strong Republican
declined to run for a second term.
20 years old when he became one of the founding members of the
Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1855 at Miami
University, Oxford, Ohio.
In a speech he gave in 1884, he stated the standard by which all
pledges and brothers should be judged by, which is now known as the
graduation from Miami, he studied law, was
admitted to the bar, and practiced
law in Dayton, Ohio and Cincinnati, which time he changed his middle initial to M
(meaning nothing in particular) to distinguish himself from his
brother and law partner Jackson A.
Jordan, as he thought
people would confuse J.A. and I.A. Jordan. Isaac Jordan may have
been born a Pennsylvania farm boy, but his ambitions were afar
grander that tending animals and harvesting crops. An important
part of his life's journey was set early on when he moved to Ohio
with his family and met Ben Runkle, who later described Jordan as a
"playmate of my boyhood, a schoolmate, and a friend for the long
and strenuous years of manhood... with boundless energy, lofty
ambitions, gifted with untiring perseverance and the ability that
made success a certainty." Jordan and Runkle, who was two years
Jordan's junior, landed at Miami University together for college,
and fittingly became fraternity brothers, first as Dekes, then as
founders of the new fraternity, Sigma Phi, which later became known
as Sigma Chi. Jordan displayed his goal-oriented nature throughout
his collegiate career, and it was no surprise tha the went straight
to law school and practiced as an attorney until he was elected in
1882 to the U.S. Congress. In 1884, Brother Jordan gave a talk in
which he outlined his view of the criteria by which a student
should be considered for membership in Sigma Chi. That brief
statement, which stresses the qualities of good character, became
known as "The Jordan Standard." Who knows how far Jordan's
ambitious purposes may have taken him had he not died unexpectedly
in 1890. What is known is that this self-made man was admired
deeply for his relentless energy, broad talents and unwavering
dedication to all that he pursued.
Academics: Jordan graduated from Miami University in 1857 and
obtained his masters from Miami in 1862.
Professional: Admitted to bar in Columbus, Ohio in 1858 (attorney)
1858–1890, congressman of the first district of Ohio, 1883–85
Fraternity: Orator of first and 15th Grand Chapters
Memorial: lies in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati
Jordan's accidental death from injuries received from falling down
an elevator shaft in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 3, 1890 was deeply
mourned throughout southwestern Ohio. The tragedy created a shock
throughout the city. All courts adjourned and public businesses
were stilled. The newspapers of the day devoted entire pages, with
prominent headlines and drawings, to the dreadful occurrence.
buried in Spring Grove
Cemetery in Cincinnati.