Thomas Wesley Jackson

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Thomas Wesley Jackson
Member of the Council of the Northwest Territories for Qu'Appelle
In office
13 August 1884 September 1886
Succeeded by William Dell Perley
Personal details
Born(1859-06-06)6 June 1859
Downsview, Ontario
Died 26 February 1934(1934-02-26) (aged 74)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party Independent
Occupation lawyer, farmer

Thomas Wesley Jackson (6 June 1859 – 26 February 1934) was a Canadian politician. He served on the 1st Council of the Northwest Territories for Qu'Appelle from 1884 to 1886. [1]

1st Council of the Northwest Territories meeting period of the Parliament (Northwest Territories, Canada)

The 1st Council of the North-West Territories also known as the North-West Council in Canada lasted from October 7, 1876, to 1888. It was created as a permanent replacement to the Temporary North-West Council which existed prior to 1876 and was replaced by the 1st North-West assembly when the quota of elected members was reached. The numerical denomination 1st was applied when the 2nd Council of the Northwest Territories was created to differentiate between the two councils.

Qu'Appelle was a territorial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories, Canada.


Jackson was born at Downsview, Ontario, of Irish ancestry. He worked as a lawyer for a time at Chatham, Ontario, before moving to the Qu'Appelle Valley in 1880. At Qu'Appelle he would farm and get involved with the railway, eventually raising to the position of President of the Qu'Appelle and Wood Mountain Railway. [2] He was also a justice of the peace. [3]

Irish people Ethnic group with Celtic and other roots, native to the island of Ireland, with shared history and culture

The Irish are a Celtic nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies. For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people. Anglo-Normans conquered parts of Ireland in the 12th century, while England's 16th/17th-century (re)conquest and colonisation of Ireland brought a large number of English and Lowland Scots people to parts of the island, especially the north. Today, Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland and the smaller Northern Ireland. The people of Northern Ireland hold various national identities including British, Irish, Northern Irish or some combination thereof.

Justice of the peace judicial officer, of a lower or puisne court, elected or appointed by means of a commission (letters patent) to keep the peace

A justice of the peace (JP) is a judicial officer of a lower or puisne court, elected or appointed by means of a commission to keep the peace. In past centuries the term commissioner of the peace was often used with the same meaning. Depending on the jurisdiction, such justices dispense summary justice or merely deal with local administrative applications in common law jurisdictions. Justices of the peace are appointed or elected from the citizens of the jurisdiction in which they serve, and are usually not required to have any formal legal education in order to qualify for the office. Some jurisdictions have varying forms of training for JPs.

He was elected in 1883 to the Council of the North West Territories, and resigned his seat in September 1886, owing to his activities as president of the railway. He later resided at Indian Head, Saskatchewan. [4] He died at Vancouver, British Columbia in 1934. [5]

Indian Head, Saskatchewan Town in Saskatchewan, Canada

Indian Head is a town in southeast Saskatchewan, Canada, 69 kilometres (43 mi) east of Regina. The town is directly north of the Trans-Canada Highway. It "had its beginnings in 1882 as the first settlers, mainly of Scottish origin, pushed into the area in advance of the railroad, most traveling by ox-cart from Brandon." "Indian" clearly refers to Aboriginal Canadians. The town is known for its federally operated experimental farm and tree nursery, which has produced and distributed seedlings for shelter belts since 1901. For many years the programme was run by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA).

Electoral results

1884 election

13 August 1883 by-election
[1] Name Vote%
    Thomas Wesley Jackson34475.44%
    William Robert Bell11224.56%
Total Votes456100%

1885 election

1885 Northwest Territories election
[1] Name Vote%Elected
    Thomas Wesley Jackson44034.22%X
     William Dell Perley 30123.41%X
     Angus McKay 29022.55%
    Leslie Gordon13710.65%
    Charles Edmund Phipps1189.17%
Total Votes1,286100%

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