Robert H. Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center

Annual Robert H. Jackson Day in Warren County

On February 11th the Jackson Center held its annual Robert H. Jackson Day in Warren County. This year's program featured keynote speaker the Honorable John Cleland, senior trial judge for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day Jackson Center President and CEO James C. Johnson presented “Children in War: The Phenomenon of Child Soldiers” during a special assembly with the 10th grade classes at Warren Area High School.

This event was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

United Refining/Red Apple Group, Allegheny College, Community Foundation of Warren County, Falconer Printing, H. Robert Hampson Attorney at Law, Insurance Management Company, Interlectric Corporation, Samuel F. Bonavita Lectureship Fund with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Targeted Pet Treats, Warren/Forest Bar Association, Warren County Historical Society, Wells Fargo Advisors, Whirley Drink Works, Wight, Auer, Kane Group UBS Chautauqua Lake, NY and Winans Insurance Agency.

An Independent Clan: The History of the Jackson Family

Robert H. Jackson was born and raised in two small towns in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern, New York. The fields, farms, streams, and back roads of these communities cradled his childhood. During these early years, the people and places he remembered later in life are credited with shaping his strengths and honing his values.

In celebration of Jackson’s birthday on February 13th, join us over the next two weeks for a special reflection on the life of Robert H. Jackson, told through his own words and presenting historical photos from the archives at the Jackson Center.

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Robert H. Jackson, 1910

When I had graduated from Frewsburg High School, I went to the Jamestown High School one year. I got some subjects in the high school at Jamestown that I could not get in Frewsburg. A trolley line had been built between Jamestown and Frewsburg so that it was very easy to go in each day. I lived at home and took my lunch with me. At Jamestown I came under the influence of some teachers that had a very decisive influence on my life.

The principal of the high school was Milton H. Fletcher, who took a liking to me. I wanted to have a class in economics, and there was no class organized for that purpose, so he undertook, though he was a very busy man, to teach me that subject, which he did. He also taught American history. I had attained my American history credits before, but I learned a great deal of American history from him. He was a powerful influence-a fine, scholarly man, who if he had taken to a political career, had qualities of leadership that would have carried him far and would also have carried him far in the legal profession. He could have been a great lawyer and he encouraged me to become one. I also came under the influence of Mary R. Willard who taught English. I was in her English class and her English history class. One day she asked about some question quite remote from the textbook treatment of the subject. I don't remember what it was. No one else could answer, but I answered it. It happened to be something that I had read. She laid her book down and said, "Why, Bob Jackson, where did you learn that?" I told her the book that I had read and she said, "How did you come to read that?" She stopped me as I went out of her class when it was dismissed, and we continued the subject.

I went out of the debating team. We had a Lyceum Society there. I was elected president of it. We had a debate within the school to choose the debating team, and I was chosen. I went to Mary Willard in connection with preparing our debates, and she became very much interested in me. She and her sister were both elderly maiden ladies who had a good home in the city. For years I went to her house at least once a week for dinner. After dinner they would have music on the Victrola. They had a fine collection of the best operas and the best music. She was a very great Shakespearean student and scholar and knew Shakespeare forward and backward. In the evening we would read something, and she tried to bring me in contact with the best in literature-Shakespeare, Thomas De Quincey, George Bernard Shaw and other writers. She had brought Ellen Terry to Jamestown for the Avon Club which put on a Shakespearean play each year. Up to her death she was a most intimate friend of myself and my family. Her influence would be hard to overestimate.

Quotes taken from
The Reminiscences of Robert H. Jackson (1952) in the Columbia University Oral History Research Office Collection, Pg. 63-64


Author Charles Shields

2015 Young Readers Program

The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to welcome Charles Shields author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee as the presenter for the 2015 Young Readers Program. The event will take place Wednesday May 13, 2015 with two scheduled presentations, 10 a.m. at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and an afternoon session at 12:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Find out more information about this program including the author event and essay contest....