Biography of Hon. James F. Jackson
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Jackson, Hon. James F., son of Elisha T. and Caroline (Forbes) Jackson, was born in Taunton, November 13, 1851. He attended the public and private schools of that city and in 1869 entered Harvard College. He was graduated in 1873 and began the study of law in Taunton, in the office of Judge Edmund H. Bennett, later entering the Boston University Law School, from which he was graduated in 1875. In September of the same year he opened an office in Fall River, forming a copartnership with John J. Archer, which continued until the death of Mr. Archer in 1882. Soon after he formed a copartnership with David F. Slade. Richard P. Borden became a member of this firm in 1891, and Philip E. Tripp in 1897, the firm name being Jackson, Slade & Borden. Mr. Jackson became connected with the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in 1879, when he was elected second lieutenant of Co. M, 1st Reg. Infantry. He was afterward appointed paymaster on the staff of Col. A. C. Wellington; then elected major and subsequently lieutenant colonel, leaving the service in 1891. He was city solicitor of Fall River in 1880, being elected every year thereafter until 1889. with the exception of 1886. In 1889 he was elected mayor on the Republican ticket and was reelected the following year. He was appointed a member of the State Ballot Law Commission in 1897. In 1898 he was nominated as a judge of the Superior Court but declined the nomination. June 16, 1882, he married Caroline S., daughter of Eli and Julia A. (Sessions) Thurston.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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