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A Family Treasure Comes to Belle Meade
On February 19, 2012
A simple and understated red leather easy chair has been recently given to Belle Meade. The chair doesn’t look like anything of great significance until you know its story. Howell E. Jackson was an astute political figure in Washington for many years. He served as United States Senator, United States Circuit Court Judge, and in 1892, President Harrison submitted Jackson’s name for consideration to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Jackson took his seat on March 4, 1893.
The aforementioned red leather easy chair was used by Justice Jackson in the Supreme Court Chamber until his death in 1895 at which time the chair was moved to his Nashville home and it would remain with descendants of the Jackson family until it was given to Belle Meade only a few weeks ago.
We are proud to have such a valuable piece of American history in the Belle Meade collection.