Joseph Devonsher Jackson

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Joseph Devonsher Jackson PC (23 June 1783 – 19 December 1857) was an Irish Conservative MP in the United Kingdom Parliament and subsequently a Judge.

He was the eldest son of Strettell Jackson of Peterborough, County Cork and Mary Cousins. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, before being called to the Irish Bar. He was the Queen's Second Serjeant for Ireland. He held the office of Chairman of County Londonderry sessions, which he resigned to seek election to Parliament.

He was MP for Bandon in 1835-1841. On 10 November 1841 he was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland. He was also made a member of the Privy Council of Ireland. This preferment had the effect of vacating his Parliamentary seat.

Instead of seeking re-election in Bandon, Jackson stood for Dublin University. He represented that seat between 11 February 1842 and 9 September 1842. He was then appointed a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Ireland) 1842-1848. He resigned his Parliamentary seat by accepting the Chiltern Hundreds, so he could take up the judicial post.

Jackson was described as a "temperate" politician, but he was a reliable supporter of the Protestant monarchy, constitution and church as well as the Union between Great Britain and Ireland, and a staunch opponent of Daniel O'Connell.

He married Sarah Lucinda Clarke, ninth daughter of Benjamin Clarke, in 1811, and had several children, including Joseph (died 1867) and Joshua. His widow died in 1858.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. William Smyth Bernard
Member of Parliament for Bandon
Succeeded by
Viscount Bandon
Preceded by
Thomas Langlois Lefroy
Sir Frederick Shaw, Bt
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
February–September 1842
With: Sir Frederick Shaw, Bt
Succeeded by
George Alexander Hamilton
Sir Frederick Shaw, Bt
Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Pennefather
Solicitor-General for Ireland
Succeeded by
Thomas Cusack-Smith