Charles Jackson (judge)

Charles Jackson
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
Preceded by Theodore Sedgwick
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born (1775-05-31)31 May 1775
Newburyport, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died 13 December 1855(1855-12-13) (aged 80)

Charles Jackson (31 May 1775 – 13 December 1855) was an American jurist.


He was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Jackson was the son of Newburyport merchant and Continental Congress Massachusetts delegate Jonathan Jackson and Hannah Tracy.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1793, studied law with Chief Justice Parsons, and began to practice in 1796 at Newburyport. In 1803, he relocated to Boston, where, associated with Judge Hubbard, he had a most lucrative practice, probably more lucrative than any other in New England had been up until that time.

Jackson was judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court (1813–24), a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1820, and one of the commissioners to revise the Massachusetts State Laws in 1833, drawing up the second part of the β€œRevised Statutes.” He also wrote Treatise on the Pleadings and Practice in Real Actions in 1828. Jackson was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1817.[1]


He was the brother of Lowell, Massachusetts industrialist Patrick Tracy Jackson and Massachusetts General Hospital proponent James Jackson. His daughter, Amelia Lee Jackson, married physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., later becoming mother of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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