Biography of John W. Jackson
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John W. Jackson, who is engaged in stock raising in Union township, was born in Clinton county, Ohio, on the t5th of February, 1855. His father, Jesse Jackson, was a native of the same place, his birth having occurred on the 24th of April, 1833. There he met and subsequently married Miss Catherine Bryan, who was born in Virginia on the 12th of October, 1832, their union being solemnized on the 13th of April, 1854. They began their domestic life on a farm in Clinton county, continuing to reside there until 1858, in which year they migrated to Iowa, living on a farm in Warren county for four years. At the expiration of that period they returned to Ohio, where they resided for eight years. In 1871 they again came to Iowa, locating on a farm whieh Mr. Jackson purchased in Union township, Poweshiek county, and there he engaged in general farming and stock raising during the remainder of his active career. He passed away on the 19th of October, 1902, but the mother is still living, at the age of seventy nine years, and continues to reside upon the old homestead. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Society of Friends, while his political support he gave to the republican party, by which body he was elected a member of the board of school directors. Unto him and his wife were born four children, the order of their birth being as follows: John W., our subject; Elbridge L., who is living at home; Lillian, the wife of William Tindall, of Union township; and Adelia, who became the wife of Henry C. Saunders, of Jackson township.

The common schools of Clinton county, Ohio, and Union township, Poweshiek county, provided John W. Jackson with his preliminary education, following which he attended Penn College at Oskaloosa, Iowa. After the completion of his education he remained at home and engaged in teaching school for five or six years. He subsequently decided that he preferred to follow agricultural pursuits and so purchased a farm in Union township, where, in addition to the cultivation of his fields, he breeds and raises thoroughbred shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs, which has proven to be a very lucrative business.

Fraternally Mr, Jackson is affiliated with the Masonic order, holding membership in the lodge of Montezuma. His political support he has accorded the republican party ever since granted the right of franchise on attaining his majority. He is now serving as township assessor, has filled the office of township clerk and is also acting in the capacity of secretary of the school board. Mr. Jackson is one of the public spirited and progressive citizens of Union township as well as a capable business man, whose judgment and opinion has considerable influence in local niatters.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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