New courthouse in Buffalo officially renamed for Jackson

The federal courthouse in Buffalo, N.Y., has officially been renamed after Warren County native and former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.

According to a release from the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, N.Y., over 200 people, including members of the Jackson family, gathered at the courthouse on Wednesday for a ceremony to mark the event naming the courthouse after the most famous son of Spring Creek.

According to Greg Peterson, Jackson Center co-founder, the effort to name the courthouse for Jackson had its beginning in March 2008 with an editorial in the Buffalo News that suggested the new federal courthouse at Niagara Square be named for the late Jackson, who also served as chief of prosecution for the United States at Nuremburg, Germany, the international court established to prosecute Nazi war crimes after World War II.

Congressional action is required to name courthouses and President Obama signed a bill proposing the name into law last year.

“The federal courts are often called the guardians of the Constitution because their rulings protect right and liberties guaranteed by it. Jackson’s legal career and life clearly defined his role as one of its most dedicated guardians,” said James Johnson, president and CEO of the Jackson Center.

A personal reflection on Jackson’s life was given by his granddaughter, Julia Craighill, who characterized the grandfather she never knew as having “a love for his hometown of Spring Creek, PA” as well as the great outdoors and a reverence for “what the natural world has to teach us.”

Amid his work in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, and then on the bench, Jackson returned to Spring Creek for family camping trips each summer.