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Stephen Alonzo "Lon" Jackson
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Birth: Sep. 22, 1851
Glenville
Gilmer County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1892
Abingdon
Washington County
Virginia, USA

Stephen Alonzo Jackson is regarded as possibly the most important man in Kappa Sigma's history. Through his efforts a struggling local fraternity became a strong national organization. He was the architect of our Ritual, writer of our Constitution, and was our first Worthy Grand Master. The following is an excerpt from the Bononia Docet, our pledge manual:

Stephen Alonzo Jackson was born September 22, 1851. He was left motherless in his infancy and was raised by his grandmother. A close associate and brother, Francis Nelson Barksdale, recalled him with these words:

"Gentle as a woman, firm as a rock - a perfect bundle of nervous energy. His love of the Fraternity knew no bounds, and his enthusiasm was so contagious that it influenced everybody who came within his reach. His one ambition was to make Kappa Sigma the leading college fraternity of the world, and to that end he thought and worked by day and night, until the end of his busy life."

During the Fraternity's second Grand Conclave in 1878 in Richmond, Virginia. Jackson was re-elected as Worthy Grand Master. In his speech, he expressed his ideal and goal of an enduring and expanding brotherhood as he addressed the Order:

"Why not, my Brothers, since we of today live and cherish the principles of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, throw such a halo around those principles that they may be handed down as a precious heirloom to ages yet unborn? Why not put our apples of gold in pictures of silver? May we not rest contentedly until the Star and Crescent is the pride of every college and unviersity in the land!"

Jackson died on March 4, 1892. His legacy to the Fraternity included its Ritual, a revised Constitution, a precendent-setting Grand Conclave, the first southern Fraternity to extend a chapter to the north, and above all else, a spirit for expansion.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Minter Jackson (1824 - 1907)
  Mary Katherine Fell Jackson (1829 - 1856)
 
 Children:
  Minter Jackson (1880 - 1971)*
 
 Siblings:
  Stephen Alonzo Jackson (1851 - 1892)
  Mary Scott Jackson Dunn (1855 - 1910)*
  Walter Beattie Jackson (1865 - 1912)**
  Hannah Belle Jackson Miller (1870 - 1939)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Abingdon Cemetery
Abingdon
Washington County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: christopher walters
Record added: Aug 13, 2012
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Stephen Alonzo Lon Jackson
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Stephen Alonzo Lon Jackson
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Stephen Alonzo Lon Jackson
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 Added: May. 28, 2013
 
 
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