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JACKSON, Sheldon, missionary, born in Minaville, Montgomery County, New York, 18 May, 1834. He was graduated at Union college in 1855, and at Princeton theological seminary in 1858, where he was ordained, and went to Spencer academy. Indian territory, as a missionary. He was home missionary for western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota from 1859 till 1864, and in that year became pastor of a church in Rochester, Minnesota, with an oversight of the mission work in southern Minnesota. In 1869 he was made superintendent of missions for northern and western Iowa, Dakota, Nebraska, and other territories, and removed to Council Bluffs, giving especial attention to the organization of churches in this region and along the Union Pacific railway. In 1870 he became superintendent of missions for the Rocky mountain territories, and settled in Denver, Colorado, with charge of the country from British America to Mexico. He remained there till 1882, when he was removed to the mission house in New York city and made business-manager of the "Presbyterian Home Missionary." In 1879 and 1880 he was commissioned by the general government to bring Indian children from New Mexico and Arizona to the training schools for Indians in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Hampton, Virginia In 1885 he was appointed by the secretary of the interior United States general agent of education in Alaska, and became the founder of the public school system of that territory. He has organized more than 100 churches and synods in the far west, and delivered more than 1,900 mission addresses in the east between 1869 and 1882. In 1872 he established an illustrated monthly paper, entitled "The Rocky Mountain Presbyterian," at Denver, Colorado, of which he was editor and proprietor for ten years. The degree of D.D. was conferred on hint by Hanover college in 1874. His publications are "Alaska and Missions on the North Pacific Coast" (New York, 1880); "Education in Alaska" (Washington, 1881); and " First Annum Report on Education in Alaska" (1886).
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