Robert H. Jackson's Timeline

Robert H. Jackson's Timeline


1892 February 13, born in Spring Creek, Pa.

1910 Graduates from Jamestown High School, Jamestown, N.Y.; begins apprenticeship with Frank Mott  in the two-person Jamestown law office.

1911 Enters one-year program at Albany Law School; meets Irene Gerhardt while ice skating in Albany.

1912 Receives Certificate of Graduation from Albany Law School – under age 21, he is too young to receive a law degree

1913 Admitted to the bar in New York State; returns to work in Frank Mott’s law office

1916 Establishes his law practice; marries Irene Gerhardt in Albany

1930 His law practice thrives financially through the early ‘30s, despite the Depression

1934 Appointed general counsel for Bureau of Revenue, U.S. Department of Treasury

1936 Becomes assistant attorney general, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice

1937 Appointed assistant attorney general, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

1938 Named U.S. Solicitor General.

1940 Named U.S. Attorney General

1941 Sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court

1943 Supreme Court announces decision in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette

1944 Supreme Court announces decision in Korematsu v. United States

1945 President Truman appoints Jackson to be chief U.S. prosecutor in the trail against Nazi war criminals

1946 Eleven months later the Nuremburg Trial ends. Defendants are sentenced. Jackson returns to his duties at the Supreme Court after a one year absence

1949 Supreme Court announces landmark decision in Terminiello v. City of Chicago

1952 Supreme Court announces landmark decision in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company v. Sawyer

1954 Hospitalized after a heart attack. Supreme Court announces decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

1954 Suffers fatal heart attack in Washington, D.C.


Source: Robert H. Jackson, by Gail Jarrow, published by Calkins Creek, 2008.