Brevet Brigadier General Samuel McCartney Jackson (R41) Armstrong and Butler Counties 1875-1876
Brevet Brigadier General Samuel McCartney Jackson, born September 24, 1833, Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Elizabeth McCartney Jackson; drummer boy, Pennsylvania Militia (age 12, 1845); Jacksonville Academy, Indiana, Pennsylvania; farmer; merchant; elected, burgess, Apollo; postmaster, United States Postal Service, Apollo, 1861; enlisted, Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserves, Civil War, 1861-1864, brevetted Brigadier General, United States Volunteers, 1865; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1868-1869; engaged, oil business; cashier, Apollo Savings Bank, 1871-1882; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1875-1876; appointed, Collector of Internal Revenue, 23rd district, 1882-1885; elected, president, Apollo Savings Bank, 1885-1906; organizer, treasurer, P.H. Laufman and Company Steel (now United States Steel Corporation); married, Martha J. “Mattie” Byerly, (d. 1864) two daughters, Mary Gertrude and Lizzie; married, Mary Wilson, 1869, five children, Frank, John, Elizabeth Ruth, Mamie, and Emily Louise. (i); died, May 8, 1907, Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, interred: Apollo Cemetery, re-interred Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Enlisted, 1845, drummer, Pennsylvania State Militia, twelve years old; major, Company G, 40th Regiment, 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserves, Civil War, 1861-1862; colonel, 40th Regiment, 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserves, Civil War, 1863-1864; Battles of Gaines' Mill, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and Bethesda Church; mustered out, honorably, on June 13, 1864; brevetted Brigadier General, United States Volunteers on March 13, 1865. (iii)
Cited for gallantry at Gettysburg; Jackson, substantially outnumbered, charged down Little Round Top, under the command of Colonel William McCandless, (Pennsylvania State Senator, 1866-1869) to the Confederate center, driving the enemy to the Wheatfield (“Valley of Death”). For this, Colonel Jackson received a Brigadier General’s commission for gallantry.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1868 and 1869 terms.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 41st district, Armstrong and Butler Counties, 1875-1876; chair, Bank Committee; member Compare Bills and Military Affairs Committees.
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Appointed, President Chester Alan Arthur, Collector of Internal Revenue, 23rd district; district composed of the counties of Beaver, Allegheny (northern part), Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, Blair and Huntingdon, 1882-1885 (iv)
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1893-1896.
A monument honoring Jackson’s unit, the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves Regiment stands south of Gettysburg on Ayers Avenue. (iv)
Their daughter, Elizabeth Ruth, married Alex M. Stewart of Indiana, Pennsylvania, they were proud maternal grandparents of actor Jimmy Stewart who often visited their home in Apollo while he was growing up. (i)(ii)
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1876) Smull, J.A., Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, page 606 and 610-612.