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Edward L Jackson

Ed Jackson Papers
1917-1951, undated
1 folder
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Christina Baich, April 2006


Biographical Note:

Edward L. Jackson was born on December 27, 1873, in Howard County, Indiana. On February 20, 1897, he married Rosa Wilkinson with whom he had two daughters, Helen and Gertrude. After completing his law studies, he opened a practice in New Castle, Indiana. In 1898, he also entered the political arena. He served as Henry County prosecuting attorney (1903-1905) and was elected judge of the Henry County Circuit Court four years later.

In 1917, Jackson became Indiana Secretary of State, but resigned shortly after taking office to enlist in the U.S. Army. He returned to office in 1918 and served as Secretary of State until 1923. His wife, Rosa, died on October 29, 1919. On November 23, 1920, he married Lida B. Pearce. In 1924, Jackson was elected Governor of Indiana (1925-1929). His administration was plagued with scandals involving D. C. Stephenson and the Ku Klux Klan. After leaving office, he returned to private practice in Indianapolis. He retired in 1937, moving to a farm in Orleans, Indiana. In 1948, Jackson suffered a debilitating stroke and was bedridden until his death on November 18, 1954.


Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. 28 Apr. 2006.

Indiana Governor Edward L. Jackson. Indiana Historical Bureau. 28 Apr. 2006.

Who’s Who and What’s What in Indiana Politics. Indianapolis: James E. Perry, publisher, 1944.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection contains various papers from Ed Jackson’s political career, including his time as Indiana Secretary of State and Governor. There are campaign speeches, a letter written to Governor Jackson by a prisoner, letters updating Jackson on the work of the State Department of Conservation, and other more biographical information gathered by Mrs. Jackson.

Item Listing:

1917 Apr. 2 Certified copy of General Assembly of the State of Indiana, Concurrent Resolution No. 1,
                                signed by Ed Jackson, Indiana Secretary of State
1924 Sept. 27 “Ed Jackson’s Keynote Address,” delivered at Newcastle, pamphlet
1925 Aug. 2 Anderman-Krauss, Rae M. to Governor Jackson, ALS
1926 May 27 “Speech of Gov. Ed Jackson to Indiana Republican State Convention,” delivered
                                 at Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, pamphlet
1926 Aug. 25 Lieber, Richard, Director, Dept. of Conservation, to Governor Jackson, TLS
1941 May 5 Lieber, Richard, Chairman, Executive Committee, Indiana Lincoln Union, to Ed Jackson, TLS
1941 May 5 Lieber, Richard, Chairman, Executive Committee, Indiana Lincoln Union, to Ed Jackson, TLS
1950 Apr. 20 Gardner, Everett L., Director, Indiana Employment Security Division, to Mrs. Jackson,
                                TL, 2 p., with explanatory note from Mrs. Jackson, TNS
1950 Sept. 23 Deam, Charles C. to Mrs. Jackson, TLS
1951 Aug. 17 Kunkel, Kenneth M., Director, Indiana Dept. of Conservation, to Ed Jackson, TLS
undated                 Poem often quoted by Ed Jackson at the close of his speeches, typescript

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
1 folder (11 items)
Collection Dates:
1917-1951, undated
Mrs. Ed Jackson
Access: This collection is open for research.
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Language Materials are entirely in English
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