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Senator Henry M. Jackson, 1912-1983: 1912-1940 Pre-Congressional

The portal provides a general overview of key archival, printed, and visual resources in UW Libraries Special Collections that document Senator Jackson's long and distinguished career in public service.

Henry M. Jackson and fellow Delta Chi Fraternity pledges ca. 1930



May 31: Birth of Henry M. Jackson, 3602 Oakes Street, Everett, Snohomish County, Washington, to Peter Jackson (formerly Gresseth) and Marine Jackson (née Anderson)


Agnes Jackson (sister) dies of infantile paralysis


November 5: Everett Massacre, Everett, Washington



Spring: Jackson graduates from Everett High School, Everett, Washington and enters University of Washington, Seattle, Washington in the fall


Summer: Jackson enters Stanford University, Stanford, California after freshman year and returns to University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in the fall



Fall: Jackson enters University of Washington School of Law

November: Franklin D. Roosevelt elected President of the United States


January: Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated 32nd President of the United States

December: Construction begins on the Grand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Washington

Spring: USSR is recognized by the U.S.



Boeing begins production on the B-17 Flying Fortress



March: Jackson graduates, University of Washington School of Law and begins working for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) in the fall


August 7: Warren G. Magnuson elected to U.S. House of Representatives, 1st District, Washington State


November: President Franklin D. Roosevelt reelected to a second term


December: Jackson passes the bar exam and is hired by law firm, Black and Rucker (Lloyd L. Black and J.L. Rucker)


July: Japan invades China

Olympic National Park is established, Port Angeles, Washington

Creation of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)



Jackson stands as candidate in the campaign for Prosecuting Attorney, Snohomish County, Washington, running against Democratic incumbent, Al Swanson

September: Jackson defeats Al Swanson in the primary

November: Jackson is elected Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney, defeating Republican opponent Tom Stiger


January 9: Jackson begins his first term as Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

April 15: Jackson mandates the elimination of slot and pinball machines in Snohomish County by June 15, earning him the nickname, “Soda Pop Jackson” [i]

September: Beginning of World War II


March: Jackson loses negligent homicide case against Vivian Reeves to defense attorney John C. Richards

March: Nazi invasion of Denmark and Norway

July: Jackson wins first-degree murder case against Edward Bouchard

July: Lewis Schwellenbach leaves U.S. Senate for U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District, Washington

August: Congressman Mon Wallgren, U.S. Representative, 2nd District, announces candidacy for U.S. Senator

August 16 : Jackson announces candidacy, U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District, Washington State

September: Jackson defeats Howard Bargreen and Pat Hurley in the primaries

September 22: Opening of Hurricane Ridge Lodge, Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington

November: Jackson defeats Republican opponent Payson Peterson

November: Warren G. Magnuson reelected to U.S. House of Representatives, 1st District, Washington State



[i] Kaufman, Robert G. Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000, p. 26.