Leroy Freeman Jackson, born July 15, 1881, in London, Ontario, Canada, moved with his family to North Dakota in the early
1890s. Jackson received his bachelors degree in 1902 from the University of North Dakota. In 1905 he married Emilie Caroline
Baehr; they had two children, Robert Charles and Ruth Allene. In 1909 Jackson received his masters degree from the University
of Chicago and in 1912 he went to Harvard for a year to conduct research under Frederick Jackson Turner. After several years
of holding teaching positions throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, Jackson began teaching at the State College of Washington
in Pullman, where he ultimately became acting Head of the Social Science Division. His teaching career was put on hold during
World War I, when in 1917, Jackson went overseas to serve as first lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps. He later served
with the Army Educational Corps as the conductor of the Citizenship Institutes. In 1921 he moved to Burnsville, North Carolina
to become director of the Stanley McCormick School (which later became the Carolina New College), an experimental progressive
education school funded by Nettie Fowler McCormick. When the school closed down in 1928, Jackson became Dean of the College
of the City of Asheville in North Carolina.
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