Charles Samuel "Sam" Jackson

Born: September 15, 1860, Deltaville VA
Died: December 27, 1924, Portland OR
Inducted: 1979

Associated with:
Oregon Journal, Portland OR, 1902-1924
East Oregonian, Pendleton OR, 1885-1902

Born in Deltaville, Virginia in 1860, Sam Jackson came west in 1880, traveling up the Columbia to Portland and then to Pendleton. Here in a few years he became active in the operation of the East Oregonian and ultimately its publisher. Jackson was instrumental in building the East Oregonian into a highly successful newspaper and a dominant influence in that area of the state.
     During the Pendleton years, he was also involved in various insurance, real estate and loan operations.
     In 1902, a group of influential Portlanders convinced Jackson he should come down to their city and help in the reorganization of the troubled Portland Evening Journal, then being liquidated. In the following 22 years, with Jackson as editor and publisher, The Journal became the "strong voice of the Oregon Country," well known for its journalistic excellence throughout the nation and a strong competitor to the state's major newspaper, The Oregonian.
     Jackson directed The Journal in its campaigns for better streets, pure milk for Oregon, Portland bridges, drydocks, the dredging of the Columbia and opening of Portland as a major world port, better control of Oregon timberlands, promoting the initiative petition, invoking referendum against legislative measures, and the recall.
     C.S. Jackson died in 1924. Building then on the solid foundation put down by its publisher, The Journal continued down through succeeding years as this state's largest evening newspaper.
     C.S. Jackson was an Oregon newspaperman of recognized stature, one of the few in this state's history whose reputation as a journalist extended from coast to coast.