Jackson Day event set for Wednesday

Times Observer file photo This home was where Robert H. Jackson was born in Feb. 1892. All that remains are the foundations of the home and barn. The Jackson Center holds an event in Warren County each year around his birth and this year’s event is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Courthouse.

Feb. 13 marked the 132nd anniversary of Robert H. Jackson’s birth.

And the center established to further his legacy, the Robert H. Jackson Center, hosts an event in Warren County around his birthday each year.

This year’s version is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Courthouse.

The speaker will be Elizabeth Hirz, the first woman to serve as District Attorney in Erie County, Pa., and she’ll speak on the importance of civic engagement in enhancing communities.

According to a statement from the Jackson Center, Hirz is a Falconer native who began her career in the DA’s office in 2002. She took over the top post in Jan. 2022.

Throughout her 20 years in the District Attorney’s Office, Hirz has prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases, including homicides, crimes against children, and other major felonies. As District Attorney, the now oversees an office of 16 Assistant District Attorneys, nine County Detectives and 10 legal secretaries and support personnel.

Hirz serves on the many civic and advocacy boards in Erie County and volunteers her time for legal education outreach to young students.

Those who can’t participate in person can sign up to watch viz Zoom. That link is on the Jackson Center’s website.

Jackson is arguably Warren County’s most famous son, born on the family farm in Spring Creek on Feb. 13, 1892.

Jackson biographer John Q. Barrett said in a recent “Jackson List” email that the farmhouse was built by Jackson’s great-grandfather and that Jackson was born at home in the second floor room where his father had been born 30 years earlier.

The site of that family farm is now public land, included in the creation of a new state game land in Spring Creek.

He would rise to the pinnacle of American government, serving most notably as an associate justice on the

United States Supreme Court and as chief American prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg.


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