|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1836|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1919|
From: Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, 1899
WILLIAM SHARPLESS JACKSON
During the period of his residence in Colorado Springs Mr. Jackson has been identified with many of its most important enterprises and interests, and is recognized as one of its progressive and liberal-spirited citizens. He is a member of a family whose lineage can be traced back to 1646, in Lancashire, England. In 1725 Isaac Jackson emigrated to this country from Ireland. Representing the sixth generation in descent from him, William Sharpless Jackson was born, near Kenneth Square, Chester County, Pa., January 16, 1836, a son of Caleb H. and Mary Ann (Gause) Jackson, the latter also of old Quaker stock. He was educated at Greenwood Dell and Eaton academies. In youth he learned the machinist's trade, and after leaving school he was employed as confidential clerk by the man with whom he had learned his trade.
For six years Mr. Jackson was engaged in the car-building and lumber business at Latrobe, Pa., after which he accepted the position of treasurer of the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad. Upon the organization of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway Company in 1871, he was chosen its secretary and treasurer, and afterward became vice-president, which position he resigned in 1876. Since 1873 he has been interested in the El Paso County Bank and since 1876 has owned a majority interest in the concern, of which he is the cashier. This bank is the oldest financial institution in El Paso County and has steadily maintained its position as one of the leading banks of the state, this being largely due to the ability and judgment of Mr. Jackson, who is known as one of the safest and most conservative bankers in the west.
In 1884 Mr. Jackson was appointed receiver of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and during the next two years he displayed unusual ability as an organizer and executive officer. His success in the position was so conspicuous that he was publicly noticed as a model receiver by a prominent New York judge. When two years had elapsed, he was able to turn the road over to the re-organized company, with a greatly improved roadway, a complete equipment, one million dollars in the treasury, and an able and efficient management to control. His magnificent service was recognized by his election as president of the road, but after one year the pressure of private business affairs led him to resign. From the establishment of Colorado College he has been a member of its board of trustees and no one rejoices more in its success than does he. Both in business and socially, he has a host of warm personal friends, who esteem him for his noble qualities and upright character.
In 1875 Mr. Jackson married Helen Hunt, “H. H.," who died in 1885. Three years later he married her niece, Helen Banfield, and they have had seven children, the youngest of whom died in December, 1898. Politically he is in sympathy with Republican principles. He is a member of many of the prominent clubs in this city, Denver and Pueblo.
Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 - 1885)
Helen Banfield Jackson (1859 - 1899)
Margaret B. Jackson (1898 - 1898)*
Note: Buried: 6/14/1919, Source: City of Colo Spgs cemetery data 3/14/09
El Paso County
Plot: Block 00017 000051 - 0000EC
Created by: Mariah, Joe & Connie
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34861771