February 28, 2012

Robert H. Jackson Albany Law School, Class of 1912

In 2012 we celebrate Robert H. Jackson’s Centennial anniversary since attending and graduating Albany Law School in 1912.  Prior to graduating from Albany Law, becoming U.S. Attorney General, a Supreme Court Justice and chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials following World War II; Jackson shared a tiny one bedroom apartment with two classmates at 267 Lark Street.  The Lark Street building was finished in 1850 and Jackson is listed as living at the address on a 1912 city directory. 

Jackson took his wife, Irene Gerhardt, ice skating in Washington Park for their first date.  The couple married on April 24, 1916, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on State Street downtown.  Jackson had a tremendous impact as chief U.S. prosecutor in the trail against Nazi war criminals and in the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.  It is a great honor for the Lark Street neighborhood to share a piece of history with such an accomplished and influential American like Robert H. Jackson. 

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