Muscatine County Iowa

Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.

Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 607

PETER JACKSON, retired; one of the oldest settlers in Muscatine, and the senior bank officer in the city; he is a native of Scotland, and was born April 30, 1816; he grew up to manhood there, and emigrated to America in 1837; after spending the summer in New York. he came to Muscatine, Iowa, in the summer of 1838, bought a lot and arranged to locate here; in March, 1839, he came here and settled permanently, and entered the store of Adam Ogilvie, as a clerk, in the winter of 1840--41; he became interested with Mr. Ogilvie in the mercantile business; they also engaged in packing pork, and packed the first pork in this section of the state; in 1845, Mr. Ogilvie retired from the firm, and Mr. Jackson continued the business until the spring of 1856, when he retired from the mercantile business. In the spring of 1865, he with several others, organized the Merchants' Exchange Bank; in the following November, the bank was organized under the National system, and Mr. Jackson was elected the first President; he was elected Cashier, and held that position for fourteen years, until January, 1879, when he retired from the active management of the bank. He is Secretary of the Old Settlers' Association. Mr. Jackson married Miss C. Sinclair, a native of Canada, in 1857; they have three children--Douglas V., Charles P. and Anna M. Mr. Jackson has one son, George B., by a former wife.

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