JACKSON, James, (1819 - 1887)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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JACKSON, James, (grandson of James Jackson [1757-1806] and nephew of Jabez Y. Jackson), a Representative from Georgia; born in Jefferson County, Ga., on October 18, 1819; pursued classical studies and was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1837; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Athens, Ga.; secretary of the State senate in 1842; served in the State house of representatives 1845-1849; judge of the superior court 1846-1859; resigned in June 1859; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until January 23, 1861, when he retired from the House; judge advocate on the staff of Gen. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson 1861-1865; moved to Macon, Ga., and practiced law from 1865 until 1875, when he moved to Atlanta; appointed an associate justice of the State supreme court in 1875; elected to the position by the legislature in 1880 to fill an unexpired term; reelected in 1887; chief justice of Georgia from 1879 until his death in Atlanta, Ga., January 13, 1887; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Ga.