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Jackson, Williamlocked

(09 March 1759–18 December 1828)
  • Harry M. Ward


Jackson, William (09 March 1759–18 December 1828), revolutionary war officer and secretary of the Constitutional Convention, was born in Cumberland County, England, the son of an English father and a Scotch mother (their names have not been identified). Orphaned as a child and having come into some inheritance, Jackson was sent to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was placed under the guardianship of Owen Roberts, a prominent patriot leader. He studied “under private tuition.” In 1775 he joined a Charleston militia regiment and in May 1776 received a commission as second lieutenant in the First Regiment of South Carolina infantry; the next year he was promoted to lieutenant....

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