Richard Jackson (colonial agent)

Richard Jackson, K.C. (c. 1721 – 6 May 1787), nicknamed "Omniscient Jackson", was a British lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1762 to 1784. A King's Counsel, he acted as official solicitor or counsel of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, owner of lands in New England, and colonial agent of Connecticut.[1]

Jackson was called to the bar in 1744; he became a bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1770 and its Treasurer in 1780. He was a teacher of law in the Inner and Middle Temples; among his students was William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin. Jackson was a collaborator in the Franklins' political interests during their London years. He was also Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis from 1762 to 1768 and for New Romney from 1768 until 1784, and was one of the Lords of the Treasury from 1782 to 1783. In 1781 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Francis Dashwood
John Olmius
Richard Glover
John Tucker
Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
1762–1768
With: Sir Francis Dashwood 1762-1763
Richard Glover
John Tucker
Charles Walcott 1763-1768
Succeeded by
The Lord Waltham
Sir Charles Davers
Jeremiah Dyson
John Tucker
Preceded by
Sir Edward Dering
Thomas Knight
Member of Parliament for New Romney
17681784
With: Sir Edward Dering
John Morton
Sir Edward Dering
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Dering
John Smith