Jackson, Sheldon

Jackson, Sheldon,

1834–1909, American missionary and educator, b. Montgomery co., N.Y., grad. Union College, 1855, and Princeton Theological Seminary, 1858. After a career as a Presbyterian missionary in Minnesota and Wisconsin and (after 1870) as missionary superintendent in the Rocky Mt. area, he went (1884) to Alaska as superintendent of missions, having already established missions and schools in that territory. In 1885 he became the first federal superintendent of public instruction for Alaska, with the task of organizing a free school system for Native American, Eskimo, and white children. He succeeded in the next 20 years in bringing school facilities to all corners of Alaska. He urged the introduction and raising of reindeer to supplement the dwindling food resources and in 1892, with government aid, brought the first reindeer into Alaska from Siberia. He aided in organizing the territorial government and establishing mail routes. He was active in Alaskan politics as the moving spirit in the "missionary" party. He wrote numerous governmental and religious reports and Difficulties at Sitka in 1885 (1886).

Bibliography

See biography by J. A. Lazell (1960).

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20Below news team: Monica Christoffels, Willamette; Micah Fillinger, South Eugene; Curtis Haley, Willamette; Mary Hansen, Siuslaw; Holly Jackson, Sheldon; Caitlyn Kari, Thurston; Molly Keller, Marshfield; Stephanie Lowell, Pleasant Hill; Eric Mirsepassi, Churchill; Shelby Martin, Sheldon; Hanna Olsen, South Eugene; Elizabeth Posegate, Thailand; Ginny Robbins South Eugene; Richelle Rudeen, Sheldon; Adam Stater, Marist; Ariel Stavitsky, South Eugene; Kelly Stephenson, Sheldon; Shelly Steward, Elmira; Dean Stuart, South Eugene; Aaron Sullivan.
20Below News Team: Monica Christoffels, Willamette; Micah Fillinger, South Eugene; Curtis Haley, Willamette; Mary Hansen, Siuslaw; Holly Jackson, Sheldon; Kaitlyn Kari, Thurston; Molly Keller, Marshfield; Stephanie Lowell, Pleasant Hill; Shelby Martin, Sheldon; Eric Mirsepassi, Churchill; Hanna Olsen, South Eugene; Elizabeth Posegate, on an exchange program in Thailand; Ginny Robbins, South Eugene; Richelle Rudeen, Sheldon; Adam Stater, Marist; Ariel Stavitsky, South Eugene; Kelly Stephenson, Sheldon; Shelly Steward, Elmira; Dean Stuart, South Eugene; Aaron Sullivan, University of Oregon; Erin Swartz, Sheldon; Cami White, Pleasant Hill.