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Senate passes bill to name courthouse for Robert H. Jackson

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Photo from Fenton History Center.

The name of Robert H. Jackson, who was raised and educated in Chautauqua County, will likely soon adorn Buffalo's new federal courthouse. 

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the Senate has passed their legislation to name the Niagara Square building after Jackson.  A companion bill has already passed in the House. 

Jackson was raised in Frewsburg and spent many years of his young adult life practicing law in Jamestown and Buffalo. 

Jackson had a distinguished legal career, which took up all the way up to a seat on the Supreme Court in 1941, on which he served until 1954.  Before that, he served as U.S. Solicitor General and U.S. Attorney General.   President Truman appointed Jackson in 1945 to serve as chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials. 

Gillibrand calls the naming "the perfect opportunity for Western New York to celebrate and honor his legacy."

The bill now goes to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature. 

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