Hollister Jackson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
S. Hollister Jackson, Vermont Lieutenant Governor, 1927

Hollister Jackson (December 7, 1875 – November 2, 1927) was the 55th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont; he was killed in the Great Flood of 1927.

Early life[edit]

Born Samuel Hollister Jackson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 7, 1875, he received bachelor's degrees from the University of Toronto (1896) and the University of Vermont (1898), studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1900 and practiced in Barre.[1][2][3][4][5]

In 1909, Jackson married Mabel Maude Parkyn (1874-1968), usually known as Maude. They were the parents of two sons, Nelson Parkyn Jackson (1910-1960) and Samuel Hollister Jackson (1916-1995).


In 1901 he was elected Barre's Grand Juror and he served as Washington County State's Attorney from 1904 to 1906, succeeding John H. Senter.[6] He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1906 to 1907, and as a member of the state Railroad Commission from 1906 to 1909, continuing to serve until 1913 after it became the Public Service Commission. He was also a Major in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps.[7][8]

Jackson was an owner of the E.L. Smith & Company granite manufacturing business, President of the Vermont Bar Association and the National Granite Producers' Association, and a member of the Masons, Shriners and Knights of Pythias.[9][10]

Election as Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In 1926 he was the successful Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and served from January, 1927 until his death.[11][12][13]


Hollister Jackson with his brother H. Nelson Jackson and their wives, 1922.

During the Great Vermont Flood on November 2, 1927, Jackson's car stalled after he hit a deep hole while attempting to drive through the rising Potash Brook near his home at Nelson and Tremont Streets in Barre. According to a witness, Jackson's hat and glasses were knocked off, and he appeared dazed. He began walking towards his house, and water rushing fast enough to cut a channel across Nelson Street (then a dirt road) carried him away. Those nearby attempted unsuccessfully to save him, as did a Vermont National Guard detachment. He drowned, and the next day his body was recovered from the Potash approximately a mile from where he was last seen.[14][15][16][17][18][19]


Grave marker, S. Hollister Jackson
Individual gravestone, S. Hollister Jackson

Jackson was buried in the family plot of William Wells at Burlington's Lakeview Cemetery. Hollister Jackson was the brother of H. Nelson Jackson, who was married to Wells's daughter Bertha.[20]


  1. ^ Calendar, University of Toronto, published by the university, page 171
  2. ^ The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, published by the fraternity, Volume 21, 1897, page 286
  3. ^ Public Service Commission of Vermont, published in Electrical World magazine, March 17, 1910, page 674
  4. ^ U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, entry for S. Hollister Jackson, May 13, 1922, accessed December 16, 2011
  5. ^ World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, record for Samuel Hollister Jackson, dated September 9, 1918, accessed December 16, 2011
  6. ^ "John H. Senter Dropped Dead". Barre Daily Times. Barre, VT. January 21, 1916. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  7. ^ Who's Who in Railroading in North America, compiled and edited by Harold Francis Lane, 1913, page 617
  8. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1910, page 469
  9. ^ Important Granite Quarry Change, Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, January, 1916, page 36
  10. ^ Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, National Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners, 1929, page 530
  11. ^ Newspaper article, G.O.P. Convention, Lowell Sun, October 5, 1926
  12. ^ Newspaper article, Weeks Vermont's Choice, by Associated Press, published in St. Petersburg (Florida) Evening Independent, September 15, 1926
  13. ^ Journal, Vermont State Senate, published by Vermont General Assembly, 1927, page 14
  14. ^ Roadside History of Vermont, by Peter S. Jennison, 1989, page 202
  15. ^ The Winooski: Heartway of Vermont, Ralph Nading Hill, 1949, page 186
  16. ^ The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-1931, by Deborah Pickman Clifford and Nicholas Rowland Clifford, 2007, page 131
  17. ^ Coolidge Cheered at Vermont Dinner, New York Times, March 1, 1927
  18. ^ Hears of Loss in Northern Vermont, New York Times, November 5, 1927
  19. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, record for Samuel Hollister Jackson, accessed December 16, 2011
  20. ^ The Vermont Encyclopedia, by John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand and Ralph H. Orth, 2003, page 169
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter K. Farnsworth
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Stanley C. Wilson