George Gordon was born in Scotland in 1819 and came to California in 1849. In 1850, he built Howison's Pier, one of the earliest
wharves in San Francisco. In 1852, he bought land in San Francisco and laid out South Park. In 1857, he founded the San Francisco
and Pacific Sugar Refinery and operated it until his death. He made efforts to introduce beet sugar making into California
conducting research in Europe on the subject. Gordon died May 22, 1869.