JACKSON, James Streshly (1823-1862)

JACKSON, JAMES STRESHLY, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Fayette County, Ky., September 27, 1823; pursued classical studies in Centre College, Danville, Ky.; was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1844, and from the law department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1845; was admitted to the bar; commenced practice in Greenupsburg, Ky., in 1845; during the Mexican War enlisted as a private in the First Kentucky Cavalry June 9, 1846; commissioned third lieutenant July 9, 1846; resigned October 10, 1846; moved to Hopkinsville in 1859; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4 to December 13, 1861, when he resigned to enter the Union Army; raised a troop of cavalrymen and was commissioned colonel of the Third Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, December 13, 1861; brigadier general of Volunteers July 16, 1862; killed in the Battle of Perryville October 8, 1862; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Abraham Lincoln Papers, 1861, 2 items.
A letter from Abraham Lincoln to the Kentucky delegation, asking the consent of Kentucky's five congressmen for Jesse Bayles to raise a regiment in the state. The letter is also endorsed by the five congressmen, including James Streshly Jackson.


Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the papers of Abraham Lincoln, 1860-1965, 22 items.
Collection includes a letter from to Lincoln from John Jordan Crittenden, James Streshly Jackson, and William Henry Wadsworth concerning an appointment for Elisha Warfield Tarlton, 1861.


Filson Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: In the papers of the Jones family, 1844-1969, .33 cubic foot.
Subjects include James Streshly Jackson.