North American Scholar

JACKSON, Francis Aristide

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1830-03-20
  • Born City: Northumberland
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: Dr. Samuel & Elizabeth Barker J.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1901-04-05
  • Death City: Philadelphia
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Mary Griffitts
  • Education:

    B.A., U. of Pennsylvania, 1848; A.M., 1851; LL.D., Indiana University, 1883.

  • Professional Experience:

    Civil engineer, 1848-9; Asst. Master in mathematics and chemistry, Episcopal Academy at Philadelphia, 1849-55; adj. prof. Greek and Latin, U. of Pennsylvania, 1855-64; prof. Latin Language & Literature, 1864-1901.

  • Publications:

    Arguments of Several of the Satires of Juvenal Prepared for the Students of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1856; rprnt., Forgotten Books, 2016); Latin Syllabus for the Freshman Year. Prepared for the Students in the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1866); Catalogue of the Chess Collection of the Late George Allen (Philadelphia: J. Meichel, 1878). 

  • Notes:

    Following his graduation from Penn, Francis Aristide Jackson worked as a civil engineer and in 1849 taught mathematics and chemistry at the secondary level before joining the faculty of his alma mater.  His chief publications in his four decades at Penn were his syllabi for his classes. He divided his interest in the ancient world with his love of music and the establishment of the Chamber Music Concerts in Philadelphia. At the time of his death he was the longest serving member of the University's faculty.

  • Sources:

    U. of Pennsylvania Archives.

  • Author: Ward Briggs