Jackson, William, 1759-1828

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William Jackson was a military officer in the U.S. Revolutionary War from South Carolina. He was the secretary of the U. S. Constitutional Congress in 1787 and a secretary to George Washington (1789-1791). He was the national secretary for the Society of Cincinnati from 1800-1828.

From the description of [Letter, 1788? to] Sir / W. Jackson. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 244252255

William Jackson (1759-1828) was George Washington's aide-de-camp and private secretary, and the secretary general of the Society of the Cincinnati.

From the description of William Jackson letter, 1818. (New-York Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 712650404

William Jackson was born in England and was brought to South Carolina as a ward of Owen Roberts. From 1782-1785 he served as an aide to Major General Benjamin Lincoln. Jackson was a secretary at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and was secretary to George Washington from 1789-1791. In 1795 he became a surveyor of customs at Philadelphia. Jackson served as secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati from 1800-1828.

From the description of William Jackson papers, 1782-1828 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122543172

From the description of William Jackson papers, 1782-1828 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702168520

William Jackson was born in England and was brought to South Carolina as a ward of Owen Roberts. From 1782-1785 he served as an aide to Major General Benjamin Lincoln. Jackson was a secretary at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and was secretary to George Washington from 1789-1791. In 1795 he became a surveyor of customs at Philadelphia. Jackson served as secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati from 1800-1828.

William Jackson was born in Cumberland, England, on March 9, 1759. Orphaned in early youth, Jackson was brought to South Carolina where he was raised under the guardianship of Owen Roberts. During the Revolutionary War Jackson served in the First South Carolina Regiment and later as an aide to Major-General Benjamin Lincoln. He subsequently served as Assistant Secretary of War under Lincoln (1782-1783). In 1787 he was appointed secretary of the Constitutional Convention and in the following year was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. From 1789 to 1791 Jackson served as personal secretary to President Washington and in 1796 was appointed Surveyor of Customs at Philadelphia. After losing his customs post in 1801 Jackson founded and edited the Philadelphia Political and Commercial Register (1801-1817).

Among his other notable activities Jackson was secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati from 1800 to 1828 and in this capacity was appointed by the surviving officers of the Continental Army to obtain for them an equitable adjustment of their promised half pay.

Jackson died in Philadelphia on December 18, 1828. For further information on his career see the Dictionary of American Biography .

From the guide to the William Jackson papers, 1782-1828, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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creatorOf Letter from William Jackson to Benjamin Fishbourn United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume 13, Miscellany, 1771-1832. Cornell University Library
referencedIn United States Constitution collection, 1787-1858. Library of Congress
referencedIn Chauncey family. Chauncey family papers, 1675-1928 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Palmer, George, fl. 1756. Papers and legal documents relating to David Garrick's property at Hampton, Midd. [manuscript], 1747-1825. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Jackson, William, 1759-1828. William Jackson letter, 1818. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Certificate of Major William Jackson by President George Washington United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819. William Samuel Johnson papers, 1745-1936 (bulk 1745-1790). Library of Congress
creatorOf Letter from William Jackson to John Jay United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Letter from William Jackson to Thomas Jefferson United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Jackson, William, 1759-1828. ALS, 1782 December 24, War Office, to Brigadier General Hand. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Letter from William Jackson to Richard Taylor United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Letter from William Jackson to George Turner United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Jackson, William, 1759-1828. [Letter, 1788? to] Sir / W. Jackson. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Jackson, William, 1759-1828. ALS : Philadelphia, to Otho Holland Williams, 1786 Jan. 9. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf United States. Division of Customs. District of Philadelphia (Pa.). Certificates : Philadelphia, 1800-1801. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Jackson, William, 1759-1828. William Jackson papers, 1782-1828 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bingham, William, 1752-1804. Papers, 1777-1917. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Letter from William Jackson United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf William Jackson papers, 1782-1828 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn United States. Continental Congress. Committee report : Princeton, N.J., 1783 July 1. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Jackson, William, 1759-1828. William Jackson papers, 1782-1828 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. person
associatedWith Bingham, William, 1752-1804. person
associatedWith Chauncey family. family
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
correspondedWith Fishbourne, Benjamin, -1819 person
associatedWith Hand, Edward, 1744-1802. person
associatedWith Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841. person
correspondedWith Jay, John, 1745-1829 person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819. person
associatedWith Knox, Henry, 1750-1806. person
associatedWith Lansdowne, William Petty, Marquis of, 1737-1805. person
associatedWith New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. corporateBody
associatedWith Pinckney, Charles, 1758-1824. person
associatedWith Pinckney, Charles, 1758-1824. person
associatedWith Society of the Cincinnati. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Continental Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Division of Customs. District of Philadelphia (Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Williams, Otho Holland, 1747-1794, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Cumberland ENG GB
Philadelphia PA US
United States 00 US
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Birth 1759-03-09

Death 1828-12-17

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