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Daniel Bachelder Jackson


Although two decades have intervened since the demise of Daniel Bachelder Jackson, he is still remembered in Seattle as a man of acumen, sagacity and executive ability. He was prominent in the shipping industry, organizing and controlling the Northwest Steamship Company, and was also connected with a number of lumber companies. His success in business was equalled by the esteem and warm regard in which he was held by all who knew him, as his life was characterized by unswerving integrity and by intense loyalty to his friends.

Mr. Jackson was born in Warren, New Hampshire, on the 18th of July, 1833, a son of William Chadburn and Sarah (Roberts) Jackson, who removed to Brewer, Maine, when their son Daniel was but two years old. The journey was made in an old chaise which is still in the possession of the oldest grandchild, Henry F. Jackson, of Seattle. Our subject was educated in the common schools of Brewer, Maine, and in 1847, when a lad of but fourteen years, he went to Mexico, where he remained for two years. In 1852 he engaged in the lumber business on the Penobscot river and for some time operated a sawmill. In 1858 he went to California, where he worked in the mines for a short season. Subsequently he came to Puget Sound, arriving in Port Ludlow in 1859. There he entered the employ of the Amos Phinney Company, which operated a large sawmill. In 1879 he accepted a position with the Puget Mill Company at Port Gamble and had charge of their outside business and of their steamboats.

About 1884 Mr. Jackson organized the Washington Steamboat Company, operating the steamers, Susie, Daisy, City of Quincy, Washington, Edith, Eliza Anderson and Merwin. This company was later merged into the Puget Sound & Alaska Steamship Company, Mr. Jackson becoming president and manager of the latter concern. He went to New York and there purchased the steamer City of Kingston and at Philadelphia built the City of Seattle, which were added to those already operated by the latter company. In the meantime he had changed his place of residence, taking up his abode in Seattle. In 1892 he disposed of his interests in the Puget Sound & Alaska Steamship Company and organized the Northwest Steamship Company, operating the steamers, Rosalie, George E. Starr and Idaho. He successfully directed the business of that company until his death, which occurred in his home at the corner of Eighth avenue and Pine street on the 29th of November, 1895. He was also prominently connected with a number of important lumber companies. In his passing the city lost a man whose force of character, business insight and power of administrative control made him a potent factor in the development of business interests of Seattle.

Mr. Jackson was married in Brewer, Maine, September 12, 1852, to Miss Mary Adeline Rowell, a daughter of Stephen and Mary (Colwell) Rowell. The father was a representative of a family which has resided in New England as far back as it can be traced, and the mother was of Scotch descent. Mr. Rowell followed the occupation of farming with good success. To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were born five children, as follows: Henry Francis, who married Miss Emma C. Bakeman; Charles Franklin, who married Miss Lydia Morris; Daniel Leslie, who married Myra Gaddis; May E., the wife of George F. Evans; and Lottie E., who gave her hand in marriage to James E. Guptill. The residence on the corner of Eighth avenue and Pine street is still in the possession of the family.

Mr. Jackson was a republican but his extensive business interests demanded his entire time and attention and prevented his taking an active part in politics. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and was identified with the Mystic Shrine. He was likewise a member of the Seattle Club and was personally popular within and without that organization. He gained a considerable fortune and in so doing adhered to the highest standards of business ethics, never allowing his desire to attain material success to cause him to take undue advantage of another or to resort to questionable practices of any kind whatever. Every obligation was scrupulously discharged and he gained an enviable reputation for honesty and uprightness. He was quick to recognize the possibilities of a situation, prompt in formulating his plans and energetic in their execution, and it was to these qualities, combined with his power of securing the cooperation of those with whom he was associated in the management of his business enterprises, that his success was due.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

 
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