William S. Jackson

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William Schuyler Jackson (died November 23, 1932 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician.


Jackson was the son of D. G. Jackson, a lawyer from Tonawanda, NY. In 1892, he married a daughter of Buffalo shoe dealer T. B. Staley. They had two children.

He was First Assistant District Attorney of Erie County when he was elected New York State Attorney General on the Democratic and the Independence League tickets in November 1906. In February 1907, when he was just a month in office, his wife retained Edward E. Coatsworth (the former law partner of William F. Sheehan, Charles F. Tabor and John Cunneen) and announced she would sue for divorce. Two days later, they reconciled.

In 1920, he sent a letter to Governor Al Smith, protesting against the expulsion of five Socialist members (among them Louis Waldman and Sam Dewitt) from the New York State Assembly.


  • [1] The AG elect, in NYT on November 8, 1906
  • [2] His appointments, in NYT on December 25, 1906
  • [3] The suit for divorce announced, in NYT on February 6, 1907
  • [4] The reconciliation, in NYT on February 8, 1907
  • [5] His letter to al Smith, in NYT on January 24, 1920
  • [6] Political Graveyard
  • [7] List of New York Attorneys General, at Office of the NYSAG

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Preceded by
Julius Marshuetz Mayer
New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Edward R. O'Malley