James M. Jackson

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James M. Jackson
Memorial to J. M. Jackson - Parkersburg, West Virginia - DSC05577.JPG
Memorial to J. M. Jackson by J. Massey Rhind
Born (1825-12-03)December 3, 1825
Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Died February 14, 1901(1901-02-14) (aged 75)
Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Lawyer, politician

James Monroe Jackson (December 3, 1825 – February 14, 1901) was a lawyer and Democratic politician from West Virginia who served as a United States Representative in the 51st United States Congress.

Early life and career[edit]

Jackson was born in Parkersburg in Wood County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He was a son of General John Jay Jackson and his brothers were Federal Judge John Jay Jackson, Jr. and Circuit Judge and West Virginia Governor Jacob B. Jackson. The Jackson Memorial Fountain at Parkersburg is dedicated to the Jackson family.[1]

He graduated from Princeton University in 1845. Subsequent to studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1847. He opened his practice in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He won election as prosecuting attorney for Wood County in 1856 and 1860. He served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1870 and 1871.

He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1872. He served as a judge on the fifth circuit court from 1873 to 1888, when he resigned. He presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889 until February 3, 1890. He was succeeded by Charles B. Smith, who contested the election. He served as a judge on the criminal court for Wood County, West Virginia from 1891 until his death in Parkersburg, West Virginia on February 14, 1901. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery.

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Nimfa H. Simpson (January 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Jackson Memorial Fountain". State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles E. Hogg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1889-1890
Succeeded by
Charles Brooks Smith