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Maryland Manual, 1896
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trade with Baltimore, which afterward assumed large pro-
portions. As the other brothers attained their majority they
were successively taken into the firm. In 1875, the firm began
the manufacture of yellow pine lumber at Suffolk, Virginia, and
they erected a small planing mill at Salisbury, where some of
their lumber was sent to be worked up, after being roughed out
in Virginia. Under the careful and successful policy of the
firm, a powerful tug was procured to tow six large barges, with a
capacity of 125, 000 feet each. At Suffolk, Virginia, the firm
built a railroad running forty miles to the Dismal Swamp and
equipped it fully with rolling stock.

In 1877 a large planing mill was started in Baltimore, and in
1879 one was established in Washington, the shipments to these
points largely increasing meanwhile. About ten years ago they
purchased 80, 000 acres of land in Alabama. Senator Jackson
has always been an active worker in the Democratic politics of
his county and State from early manhood. He was elected to the
House of Delegates from Wicomico county in 1882, and became
a State Senator in 1884. When, upon the resignation of Gover-
nor Robert M. McLane to become United States Minister to
France, Henry Lloyd was made Governor, Senator Jackson was
made President of the Senate. In November, 1887, Mr. Jack-
son was elected Governor of Maryland on the Democratic ticket
over Walter B. Brooks, Republican, by a plurality of 12, 416, the
vote being Jackson 99, 038, and Brooks 86, 622. During his
administration many important measures were adopted, such as
the Australian ballot law, the adoption of five important constitu-
tional amendments, the oyster cull law, and other excellent re-
forms, all of which had the Governor's active support. At the
Executive Mansion in Annapolis the Governor and Mrs. Jackson
practiced a generous hospitality, and both of them endeared
themselves to a large circle of friends. This hospitality has
never been equaled in the known history of the Gubernatorial
residence, and the delights of these entertainments still cling in
rich memories around the Executive Mansion.

Senator Jackson married Miss Annie Rider, the accomplished
daughter of Dr. W. H. Rider, a prominent merchant of Salisbury,
in 1869, and has five children. In 1885 he built a large mansion
in a beautiful situation at a cost of $35, 000, where, with his wife
and family, he entertains his friends with true Eastern Shore
hospitality. The Senator, among his other business enterprises,
numbers the presidency of the Salisbury National Bank and of
the Sussex Bank, of Seaford, Del. Senator Jackson in his private
life is full of good deeds, and is greatly beloved in the commu-
nity in which he lives. This winter the ex-Governor and his
family are spending in Baltimore, residing in a handsome house
on North Charles street.


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