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Edward L. Jackson papers

 Collection — Folder: S0712
Identifier: S0712

Scope and Contents

The collection contains various papers from Ed Jackson’s political career, including his time as Indiana Secretary of State and Governor. There are campaign speeches, a letter written to Governor Jackson by a prisoner, letters updating Jackson on the work of the State Department of Conservation, and other more biographical information gathered by Mrs. Jackson.


  • 1917-1951, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Edward L. Jackson was born on December 27, 1873, in Howard County, Indiana. On February 20, 1897, he married Rosa Wilkinson with whom he had two daughters, Helen and Gertrude. After completing his law studies, he opened a practice in New Castle, Indiana. In 1898, he also entered the political arena. He served as Henry County prosecuting attorney (1903-1905) and was elected judge of the Henry County Circuit Court four years later.

In 1917, Jackson became Indiana Secretary of State, but resigned shortly after taking office to enlist in the U.S. Army. He returned to office in 1918 and served as Secretary of State until 1923. His wife, Rosa, died on October 29, 1919. On November 23, 1920, he married Lida B. Pearce. In 1924, Jackson was elected Governor of Indiana (1925-1929). His administration was plagued with scandals involving D. C. Stephenson and the Ku Klux Klan. After leaving office, he returned to private practice in Indianapolis. He retired in 1937, moving to a farm in Orleans, Indiana. In 1948, Jackson suffered a debilitating stroke and was bedridden until his death on November 18, 1954.


Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. 28 Apr. 2006. .

Indiana Governor Edward L. Jackson. Indiana Historical Bureau. 28 Apr. 2006. /

Who’s Who and What’s What in Indiana Politics. Indianapolis: James E. Perry, publisher, 1944.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Ed Jackson.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed during April 2006 by Christina Baich.
Edward L. Jackson papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.