James Jackson (Massachusetts politician)

James Jackson
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
September 8, 1920  1924
Preceded by Albert P. Langtry
Henry A. Wyman
John R. Macomber (Acting)
Succeeded by William S. Youngman
Personal details
Born April 21, 1881 [1]
Boston, Massachusetts [1]
Political party Republican
Residence Westwood, Massachusetts [1]
Alma mater Harvard University [1]
Profession Banker

James Jackson (born April 21, 1881 in Boston, Massachusetts [1]) was an American politician who served as Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts from 1920-1924.


Jackson received his preparatory education at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts after which he went to Harvard College from which he graduated in 1904.[2]

Early career

A year after he graduated from Harvard Jackson became associated with the banking firm of Lee, Higgoison and Co., remaining there until he became vice-president of the Paul Revere Trust Co.[2] When the Paul Revere Trust Co. was merged into the State Street Trust Company, Jackson became a secretary of State Street,[2] and manager of its Copley Square Branch.

Public Service Career

Jackson, the New England Chairman of the Red Cross, announced his candidacy for State Treasurer on August 30, 1920.[3] Jackson was appointed Treasurer and Receiver-General on September 8, 1920 following the resignation of Fred J. Burrell.[4]

Jackson was one of the founders of the Sentinels of the Republic, an organization that opposed what it saw as the federal encroachment on the rights of the States and of the individual.[5]

Instead of seeking reelection in 1924, Jackson ran for Governor of Massachusetts. He lost the Republican nomination to Lieutenant Governor. Alvan T. Fuller.

After his political career, Jackson worked as an arbitrator and a private trustee.[6][7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Public Officials of Massachusetts of 1921-1922. The Boston Review.
  2. 1 2 3 Bacon, Edwin Monroe. The Book of Boston: Fifty Years' Recollections of the New England Metropolis. Boston, Massachusetts: Book of Boston Company. p. 221. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  3. "JACKSON CONSENTS TO RUN.; Will Seek Bay State Republican Nomination for Treasurer.". New York Times. August 20, 1920. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  4. "COOLIDGE APPOINTS JACKSON TREASURER; Director of Red Cross Activities in Massachusetts During the War Succeeds Burrell. LATTER QUIT UNDER FIRE Auditor Finds His Accounts Correct and Legislative Inquiry Halts Until Wednesday". New York Times. September 5, 1920. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  5. "SENTINELS OF THE REPUBLIC; New Extra-Political Organization Is Incorporated in Boston". New York Times. August 19, 1921. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  6. "B. & M. Enginemen Accept Unfavorable Arbitration Award". The Hartford Courant. March 20, 1927.
  7. "RISE IN KEYSTONE FUNDS; Total Assets of $41,000,000 Are Shown on Sept. 30". New York Times. November 3, 1942.
Political offices
Preceded by
Fred J. Burrell
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
William S. Youngman

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