Jackson, Andrew Webster (1886–1963)

By: Erika Murr

Type: Biography

Published: October 1, 1995

Updated: April 25, 2019

Andrew Webster Jackson, teacher and writer, son of Edom and Phillis Jackson, was born in 1886 at Booth in Fort Bend County. He attended public schools and graduated from what is now Prairie View A&M University. He also attended what is now Texas Southern University. Jackson was a teacher in Texas for thirty-five years. He taught in Fort Bend, Nacogdoches, and Panola counties. After the death of his brother, Edom, in 1915, Jackson took over the position of principal at the black high school in Rosenberg. During his tenure as principal the school was named for him; in the early 1990s it was known as Jackson Middle School. Jackson often journeyed throughout Texas for speaking engagements; while traveling the state he began collecting biographies and photographs of prominent African-American leaders. Eventually he published A Sure Foundation, a collection of his philosophies and biographies. Jackson and others, including Arizona Fleming, organized the Fort Bend Fraternal Undertaking Company in Richmond, Texas; Jackson served as its first president in 1927. In 1930 he became the forty-fifth president of the Colored Teachers State Association of Texas (later the Teachers State Association of Texas). From 1931 to 1935 he served as district grand secretary of the Odd Fellows of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. He was a Baptist and a Thirty-third degree Mason. Jackson served as an officer of the National Baptist Convention of America for more than twenty years and as a deacon at the Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. He married Viola Wimberly in 1915; they had no children. Jackson died on August 27, 1963, and was buried in the cemetery of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Thompson, Fort Bend County.

Andrew Webster Jackson, A Sure Foundation and a Sketch of Negro Life in Texas (Houston, 1940). Patricia Smith Prather and Bob Lee, "A. W. Jackson (1886–1963)," Texas Trailblazer (1994).

  • Education
  • Educators
  • General Education
  • School Principals and Superintendents
  • Peoples
  • African Americans

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Erika Murr, “Jackson, Andrew Webster,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 06, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/jackson-andrew-webster.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 1, 1995
April 25, 2019

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