Samuel McCartney Jackson
Born in Apollo, Armstrong Co., September 24, 1833, Col. Jackson was the son of John and Elizabeth (McCartney) Jackson, and the maternal grandfather of actor Jimmy Stewart. He received a common school education and pursued farming, attending Indiana Academy. Jackson enlisted as a drummer in the state militia at 12, receiving a captain’s commission at the outset of the Civil War in Co. G, “Apollo Independent Blues,” 11th Pa. Reserves; mustered into federal service as the 40th PVl. He retained his captain’s rank, rising to major by July 1861, and Lt. Col. by Oct. 28. On April 10, 1863, Jackson advanced to full colonel and commanded the 40th at Gaines Mills; Second Bull Run; South Mountain; Antietam; Fredericksburg; Gettysburg; the Wilderness; Spotsylvania Courthouse; and Bethesda Church. Cited for gallantry at Gettysburg, Jackson substantially outnumbered, charged down Little Round Top under the command of William McCandless, to the Confederate center, driving the enemy to the Wheatfield. For this, Col. Jackson received a brevet general’s commission for gallantry. A monument honoring Jackson’s unit stands at Gettysburg. After the war, he pursued the oil business; was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1869 and 1871; the state Senate, 1872; became federal collector of revenue under Chester Arthur, 1882-1885; president of the Apollo Bank in 1885, and Pa. State Treasurer, 1893. Jackson emerged as a leading sheet-steel producer and assumed numerous additional financial and civic positions. The Hon. Samuel M. Jackson passed away, May 8, 1906.