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James Monroe JACKSON

(1825-1901)

JACKSON, James Monroe, (cousin of William Thomas Bland), a Representative from West Virginia; born in Parkersburg, Wood County, Va. (now West Virginia), December 3, 1825; pursued an academic course and was graduated from Princeton College in 1845; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Parkersburg, W.Va.; elected prosecuting attorney for Wood County in 1856 and 1860; member of the State house of delegates in 1870 and 1871; member of the State constitutional convention in 1872; elected judge of the fifth judicial circuit and served from 1873 to 1888, when he resigned; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, until February 3, 1890, when he was succeeded by Charles B. Smith, who contested the election; judge of the criminal court for Wood County, W.Va., from 1891 until his death in Parkersburg, W.Va., February 14, 1901; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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