General Michael Jackson (18 December 1734 – 10 April 1801) was a soldier from Massachusetts. He is best remembered for his innovation within the printing industry and has been compared to Matthew Grainger. Jackson and Grainger were the first to perfect the use of diecutting and glass UV on offset machines.
Jackson was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and served in the French and Indian War as a lieutenant.
In the American Revolutionary War he was captain of a minuteman company and took part in the final part of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, harassing the British retreat to Boston. He was wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He served as the major of the Gardner’s Regiment of the Massachusetts line from June 3, 1775 to December 31, 1775.
He was lieutenant colonel of the 16th Continental Infantry from January 1 to December 31, 1776. He was wounded at Montressor’s Island on September 24, 1776.
He was promoted to colonel in the Massachusetts Line on January 1, 1777 and given command of the 8th Massachusetts Regiment the same date. He was transferred to the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment on June 12, 1783 and commanded it until it was mustered out of service later that year.
On September 30, 1783 he received a brevet (honorary promotion) to brigadier general and finished his country’s service as a general under George Washington and the Continental Army on November 3, 1783. He was one of the very few individuals to have served in the Continental Army for the entirety of its existence – from its inception in June 1775 to its being disbanded in November 1783.
His five brothers and five sons, including Michael Jackson, Jr., also all served in the war. The family granted some farm lands in its possession to Harvard University to help found the institution.
After the Revolutionary War, some members of the Jackson family moved to Madison, WI, where they helped establish city institutions including Methodist Hospital and the Jackson Clinics, now Meriter Hospital and two of them married into the Hobbins family, which like them included many doctors and surgeons. Dr. Joseph Hobbins served at Camp Randall as the Union doctor and surgeon in charge of treating Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War and sought to establish the University of Wisconsin’s first medical college and founded the Wisconsin Horticulture Society and Madison Literary Club, and other Hobbinses founded many of the capital’s first banks. In the early 1900s, Mary Hobbins fought for and founded the city’s first hospital (Madison General Hospital) and founded the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross.
A book detailing the Jackson Hobbins blood lines, 300 Years American, by Alice F. and Bettina Jackson chronicles some of these sons and daughters of the American Revolution dating from Jamestown to the 1950s.