Col. A. M. Jackson

Col. A. M. Jackson
Born in West Middlesex, Penn 1860, Albert Mathews Jackson would live a life devoted to education. He earned an AB Degree from Princeton in 1884 and received an honorary AM Degree from the same school in 1887.
 In 1886 Jackson was lured west to work with nationally known educator and Amherst graduate Edward Wyman.  Western Military Academy had opened as boarding school for young men on the hills of Upper Alton in 1879. Upon Wyman’s death in 1888 Jackson became the Superintendent, a position he held until his death in 1919. He had managed Western’s affairs as it evolved into one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Jackson had seen Western graduates go on to quality colleges including, West Point, Annapolis, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Tulane, Northwestern, U of Chicago, and numerous state universities. He had justifiable pride in others who were on the road to achieving national accolades in the arts, business and the military. 

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