Charles Jackson (1797 - 1876)

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About Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson (March 4, 1797 – January 21, 1876) was the 18th Governor of Rhode Island from 1845-46.

Jackson was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1820. He founded a cotton manufacturing company, and later built a rubber factory after acquiring patent rights from Charles Goodyear; he later expanded into firearms and railroad equipment manufacturing.

Jackson was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, serving as Speaker in 1841-42. He was elected Governor on the Liberation Party (Whig) ticket, defeating incumbent James Fenner. He signed a bill freeing Thomas Wilson Dorr and all other prisoners who had been convicted of treason against the state after the Dorr Rebellion. The unpopularity of this decision led to his defeat for reelection by Lieutenant Governor Byron Diman.

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Age 79