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Term: Jackson, Mortimer Melville 1809 - 1889

Definition:

lawyer, politician, judge, diplomat, b. Rensselaerville, N.Y. He attended private schools, moved to New York where he worked in a mercantile firm, studied law, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1838. An anti-slavery Whig, he worked with William H. Seward and Horace Greeley in New York politics. In 1838 he moved to Wisconsin, living briefly in Milwaukee, and in 1839 settling in Mineral Point where he practiced law until 1841. A supporter of James Duane Doty (q.v.) in the factional territorial era of Wisconsin politics, Jackson attended the first Wisconsin Whig convention in 1841, and in 1842 was appointed territorial attorney general by Governor Doty, serving in this capacity until 1845. When Wisconsin became a state in 1848, Jackson was elected circuit judge of the 5th judicial circuit, and in this position also served as ex officio associate justice of the state supreme court until its separate organization in 1853. One of the organizers of the Republican party (1854), Jackson was president of the state convention of 1856, was an unsuccessful candidate for state attorney general in 1857, and also failed in his bid for the U.S. Senate in 1858. In 1858 he moved to Madison where he conducted a private law practice until 1861, and in 1861 was appointed U.S. consul to Halifax, Nova Scotia. As consul to Halifax (1861-1880), Jackson performed important work in the recovery of Confederate contraband during the Civil War, and in 1870 prepared an important document on Canadian fisheries and fishery laws at the request of U.S. Secretary of State J. C. B. Davis. He served as consul-general at Halifax (1880-1882), and in 1882 returned to Madison where he lived in retirement until his death. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Proc. State Hist. Soc. Wis., 1890 (1891); Mag. West. Hist., 5 (1886) : pp. 421-428; Madison Wis. State Journal, Oct. 14, 1889; WPA MS.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

68 records found

Jackamonis, Ed G. 1939
Jackson, James Albert 1840 - 1921
Jackson, Joseph 1812 - 1881
Jackson, Jr., Robert L. 1936
Jackson, Mortimer Melville 1809 - 1889
Jacobs, Herbert Henry 1864 - 1948
Jacobs, William Henry 1831 - 1882
Jahnke, Franklin M. 1900
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
James, Edwin, 1797-1861 
Janssen, Edward H. 1815 - 1877
Jaronitzky, June 1938
Jarreau, Al 1940 -
Jastrow, Joseph 1863 - 1944
Jauch, Robert 1945
Jefferson, Thomas (descendants in Wisconsin)
Jeffery, Thomas B. 1845 - 1910
Jenkins, James Graham 1834 - 1921
Jenkins, John James 1843 - 1911
Jens, Salome 1935 -
Jensen, Scott R. 1960
Jeskewitz, Suzanne 1942
Jewett, Milo Parker 1808 - 1882
Jews in Wisconsin
Jogues, Fr. Isaac, 1607-1646
Johnson, Alfred Stanley, jr. 1863 - 1932
Johnson, Burdette Jay 1826 - 1902
Johnson, Daniel Harris 1825 - 1900
Johnson, Gary K. 1939
Johnson, Jay W. 1943
Johnson, John Anders 1832 - 1901
Johnson, John, dates unverified
Johnson, Lawrence H. 1908
Johnson, Lester R. 1901
Johnson, Raymond C. 1936
Johnson, Robert I. 1928
Johnson, Samuel Curtis 1833 - 1919
Johnson, Warren S. 1847 - 1911
Johnson, William A. 1922
Johnsrud, Duwayne 1943
Johnston, Kirsten 1967 -
Johnston, Robert Alexander 1846 - 1907
Johnston, Robert G. 1957
Johnston, Rod
Joliet, Louis
Jolliet, Louis 1645 - 1700
Jonas, Charles 1840 - 1896
Jones, Benjamin 1795 - 1881
Jones, Burr W. 1846 - 1935
Jones, Chester Lloyd 1881 - 1941
Jones, George W. (1853 - 1935)
Jones, George Wallace 1804 - 1896
Jones, Granville Duane 1856 - 1924
Jones, James Monroe 1824 - 1898
Jones, Jenkin Lloyd 1843 - 1918
Jones, John Reynolds (1851 - 1928)
Jones, Joseph E. 1914
Jones, Lewis Ralph 1864 - 1945
Jones, Milo Cornelius 1849 - 1919
Jones, Nellie [Sawyer] Kedzie 1858 - 1956
Jones, William Arthur 1844 - 1912
Joss, Addie 1880 - 1911
Juday, Chancey 1871 - 1944
Judd, Truman H. 1817 - 1884
Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856
Jung, Phillip 1845 - 1911
Junkermann, Otto C.
Jussen, Edmund 1830-1891

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