Hollister Jackson

Hollister Jackson (December 7, 1875 – November 2, 1927) was the 56th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont; he was killed in the Great Flood of 1927.

Hollister Jackson
S. Hollister Jackson (Vermont lieutenant governor).jpg
Jackson circa 1927. Vermont Archive and Records Administration
56th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
January 6, 1927 – November 2, 1927
Preceded byWalter K. Farnsworth
Succeeded byStanley C. Wilson
President of Vermont Bar Association
In office
Preceded byJ. Rolf Searles
Succeeded byJames K. Batchelder (Acting)
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from Barre City
In office
Preceded byGeorge H. Pape
Succeeded byGeorge N. Tilden
State's Attorney of Washington County, Vermont
In office
Preceded byJohn H. Senter
Succeeded byBenjamin Gates
Personal details
Samuel Hollister Jackson

(1875-12-07)December 7, 1875
Toronto, Canada
DiedNovember 2, 1927(1927-11-02) (aged 51)
Potash Brook, Barre, Vermont
Resting placeLakeview Cemetery,
Burlington, Vermont
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mabel Maude Parkyn (m. 1909–1927, his death)
MotherMary Ann Parkyn
FatherSamuel Nelson Jackson
RelativesH. Nelson Jackson (brother)
John Holmes Jackson (brother)
EducationUniversity of Toronto
University of Vermont
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
UnitJudge Advocate General Corps

Early lifeEdit

Samuel Hollister Jackson was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 7, 1875, the son of Samuel Nelson Jackson (1838–1913) and Mary Anne (Parkyn) Jackson (1843–1916).[1] Jackson's siblings included H. Nelson Jackson, a prominent Burlington, Vermont businessman, and J. Holmes Jackson (1871–1944), who served as mayor of Burlington from 1917 to 1925 and 1929 to 1933.

Hollister Jackson attended the Collegiate Institute in Kingston, Ontario and Kingston's Queen's University.[1] He received degrees from the University of Toronto (bachelor of music, 1896) and the University of Vermont (bachelor of arts, 1898).[1] Jackson moved to Barre City, Vermont, where he supported his family by giving piano, organ and music composition lessons while studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and practiced in Barre City.[2][3][4][5][6]


In 1901 he was elected Barre's Grand Juror (municipal court prosecutor) and he served as Washington County State's Attorney from 1904 to 1906, succeeding John H. Senter.[7] He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1906 to 1907,[8] and as a member of the state Railroad Commission (later called the Public Service Commission) from 1906 until 1913.[9][10] He was also a major in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps.[11][12]

Jackson was an owner of the E.L. Smith & Company granite manufacturing business, President of the Vermont Bar Association and the National Granite Producers' Association, and a member of the Masons, Shriners and Knights of Pythias.[13][14]

Election as Lieutenant GovernorEdit

In 1926 he was the successful Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and served from January, 1927 until his death.[15][16][17]


During the Great Vermont Flood on November 2, 1927, Jackson's car stalled after he hit a deep hole while attempting to drive through the rising Potash Brook near his home at Nelson and Tremont Streets in Barre. According to a witness, Jackson's hat and glasses were knocked off, and he appeared dazed. He began walking towards his house, and water rushing fast enough to cut a channel across Nelson Street (then a dirt road) carried him away. Those nearby attempted unsuccessfully to save him, as did a Vermont National Guard detachment. He drowned, and the next day his body was recovered from the Potash approximately a mile from where he was last seen.[18][19][20][21][22][23]


Jackson was buried in the family plot of William Wells at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington.[24] Hollister Jackson was the brother of H. Nelson Jackson, who was married to Wells's daughter Bertha.[25]


In 1909, Jackson married Mabel Maude Parkyn (1874–1968), usually known as Maude. They were the parents of two sons, Nelson Parkyn Jackson (1910–1960) and Samuel Hollister Jackson (1916–1995).



  1. ^ a b c Dodge, Prentiss Cutler (1912). Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography. Burlington, VT: Ullery Publishing Company. p. 235.
  2. ^ Calendar, University of Toronto, published by the university, page 171
  3. ^ The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, published by the fraternity, Volume 21, 1897, page 286
  4. ^ Public Service Commission of Vermont, published in Electrical World magazine, March 17, 1910, page 674
  5. ^ U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925, entry for S. Hollister Jackson, May 13, 1922, accessed December 16, 2011
  6. ^ World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918, record for Samuel Hollister Jackson, dated September 9, 1918, accessed December 16, 2011
  7. ^ "John H. Senter Dropped Dead". Barre Daily Times. Barre, VT. January 21, 1916. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Fleetwood, Frederick G. (1906). Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Secretary of State. p. 487.
  9. ^ "The Governor's Appointments". St. Albans Messenger. St. Albans, VT. December 20, 1906. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "S. Hollister Jackson Resigns". St. Albans Messenger. St. Albans, VT. January 28, 1913. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Who's Who in Railroading in North America, compiled and edited by Harold Francis Lane, 1913, page 617
  12. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1910, page 469
  13. ^ Important Granite Quarry Change, Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, January, 1916, page 36
  14. ^ Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, National Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners, 1929, page 530
  15. ^ Newspaper article, G.O.P. Convention, Lowell Sun, October 5, 1926
  16. ^ Newspaper article, Weeks Vermont's Choice, by Associated Press, published in St. Petersburg (Florida) Evening Independent, September 15, 1926
  17. ^ Journal, Vermont State Senate, published by Vermont General Assembly, 1927, page 14
  18. ^ Roadside History of Vermont, by Peter S. Jennison, 1989, page 202
  19. ^ The Winooski: Heartway of Vermont, Ralph Nading Hill, 1949, page 186
  20. ^ The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927–1931, by Deborah Pickman Clifford and Nicholas Rowland Clifford, 2007, page 131
  21. ^ Coolidge Cheered at Vermont Dinner, New York Times, March 1, 1927
  22. ^ Hears of Loss in Northern Vermont, New York Times, November 5, 1927
  23. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909–2008, record for Samuel Hollister Jackson, accessed December 16, 2011
  24. ^ "Time Capsule: Hollister Jackson". The Sun. Elizabethtown, NY. September 14, 2018.
  25. ^ The Vermont Encyclopedia, by John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand and Ralph H. Orth, 2003, page 169

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter K. Farnsworth
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Stanley C. Wilson