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- Georgia Girl
 Added: Aug. 27, 2013
Macon Telegraph 14 Jan 1887 issue 11602 p 4Inside of AtlantaChief Justice Jackson Died at 9:15 Last NightA sketch of His Career-A Thrilling Incident of the War Recalled-A Macon Man's Trouble-Matts Before the CourtsAtlanta, January 13. Chief Justice Jackson died at 9:15 to-night, surrounded by his sorrowing family. The sad event has been expected for several days, but the shock is hardly the less felt by those who have heard the news. The character of the talk about the lamentable event is a general and sincere regret, showing the high esteem in which the decease (sic) was held in this community. The Supreme Court, now in session, will adjourn to-morrow for some days, and the State authorities will take proper and suitable notice of the occasion. Judge Jackson's illness was of short duration, the fatal disease, pneumonia, which attacked him, making such rapid progress on his feeble body that in less than a week the end came. On last Friday evening Secretary and Mrs. Lamar and Governor and Mrs. Gordon dined with the Chief Justice, who had been in apparently good health. At the table Judge Jackson was suddenly taken with a severe chill which prostrated him. He was placed in bed and the family physician summoned. It was at once seen that the attack was a serious one, and to the hour of his death the best medical skill and the most careful attention were unremitting in the struggle to successfully combat the disease. During this trying and uncertain period the sympathy and prayers of the good people of this city were constantly with him. It was earnestly hoped that throughout this city and throughout this State that he might yet be spared to his family, to his friends and to Georgia, in whose service he has so long and faithfully labored. . . .. . .The deceased was about 74 years old, and was born in Jefferson county. He was the son of William Jackson, who died in the city of Macon at the advanced age of 80 years. He was the grandson of the distinguished General James Jackson of the Revolution, afterwards, Governor of Georgia and United States Senator from this State, whose portrait hangs upon the walls of the House of Representatives, conspicuous among the other portraits of scores of the most illustrious sons of the commonwealth. . . .The career of Judge Jackson is full of interest and of honors. He was a graduate of the State University. His first appearance in public and official life was as assitant clerk in one of the houses of the General Assembly under his cousin, Hon. T. R. R. Cobb, since which time he has been in office almost continuously except during the period of disfranchisement. He was subsequently a member of the Legislature, judge of the Western circuit for eight years and a member of Congress from that time until the State seceded, when he withdrew with the other members of the Georgia delegation. He entered the service and was for a time a member of the military court of Jackson's corps. Soon after the war he went to Macon and formed a law partnership with his cousin, Hon. Howell Cobb, which continued until 1868, when the latter died suddenly at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York. He then became associated in the practice with E. A. and J. T. Nesbitt. A year afterwards he formed a partnership with Judge Lyon, which continued until 1876 when he was appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Smith, and was made the chief justice of the court. Judge Jackson was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mitchell, a daughter of Mr. Walter Mitchell, of Baldwin county. By this union there were, I believe, five children, one son, Walter, now dead, and four daughters. Two of these are married, one the wife of Mr. Joseph Scrutchin, the other the wife of Professor W. M. Slaton, assistant principal of the Boys High School, both of this city.The second wife is a native of Maryland, whom he married in Missouri.The deceased chief justice was a member of the First Methodist Church, a devout Christian, and probably the most prominent layman of the M. E. Church South in Georgia, which he has frequently represented in the general conferences of the church. He was a trustee of the University of Georgia, and at one time president of the board of trustees of Wesleyan Female College of Macon. He was the brother of Mrs. John T. Grant of this city, and a first cousin of Mrs. Dr. J. M. Johnson, of Atlanta, and General Henry R. Jackson of Savannah.
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