A collection of bicentennial biographies from Chautauqua County, N.Y. featuring Robert H. Jackson (Frewsburg and Jamestown), Herman Cooper (Fredonia), Nathan Brown (Ellington and Jamestown), Murray Norcross Shelton (Dunkirk) and Jehuu Caulcrick (Clymer/Findley lake). Originally broadcast on local radio stations Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2011.
No. 166 – Robert H. Jackson
Robert Houghwout Jackson was born in Spring Creek, Pa. on Feb. 13, 1892. Five years later his family moved to Frewsburg.
From an early age Robert was recognized for his public speaking skills and even before finishing school, he was speaking before various clubs and organizations in Frewsburg and Jamestown. He graduated from Frewsburg High School in 1910 and spent a post-graduate year at Jamestown High School. He did not attend college, but apprenticed in a law office and attended Albany Law School for one year.
At the age of 21, Jackson took the New York State Bar exam and became a prominent trial lawyer in Jamestown. Over the next 20 years, he became a very successful lawyer in New York State and, through bar association activities, a rising young lawyer nationally.
In 1934, Jackson answered the call of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve as general counsel at the Internal Revenue Service. His decision to move to Washington, D.C. as a public servant was a fateful one, as it steered his life into becoming one of the most remarkable personal stories in American history. Continue reading