Alabama Secretaries of State

James Kirkman Jackson


Secretary of State: 1894-1898


James Kirkman Jackson, businessman, was born April 7, 1862, at Florence; son of James and Elizabeth (Perkins) Jackson, of Florence, the former who was colonel of the Twenty-seventh Alabama Infantry regiment, C.S. Army; grandson of William O. and Pocahontas Bolling (Meredith) Perkins, of Lauderdale County; great-grandson of Elisha and Sarah Bolling (Cabell) Meredith of Prince William County, Va., the latter whose grandfather was a colonel in the Revolutionary Army; and a descendant of James and Sarah (Moore) Jackson, the former a native of Ballabay, County Monaghan, Ireland, and one of the pioneers and founders of Florence, the latter a lineal descendant of Sir John Yeamans and James Moore, colonial governors of Carolina.


Mr. Jackson received his early schooling under a private tutor in Florence, and attended the State normal school, at that place. He was admitted to the bar, but never engaged in the practice of law. In 1883, he was appointed clerk of the Alabama Railroad Commission, and held that position for four years; served as private secretary to Gov. Thomas Seay, 1887-1890; to Gov. Thomas G. Jones, 1890-1894; and to Gov. Jelks, 1902-1907; serving the last three months of that time under Gov. Comer; was elected Secretary of State, 1894-1898.


He was a Democrat and an Episcopalian. Married: February 21, 1900, at Montgomery, to Helen Gunter, daughter of William A. and Helen (Poelnitz) Gunter, of Marengo County. Children: 1. James Kirkman, jr.; 2. Helen. Residence: Birmingham.


Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978 (1921), III, 892.