Snohomish County's most famous
Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson
Shown here with President Kennedy in an undated photo
The favorite son. Henry M. Jackson was born in his parents’ Oakes Street home in 1912. As a young boy Jackson was a carrier for The Everett Herald, but it was his eldest sister, Gertrude, who gave him the nickname “Scoop,” after a comic strip character who was able to convince others to do his work. Jackson graduated from the University of Washington law school in 1935, worked for a New Deal agency, passed the bar and by 1938 won election to the county prosecutor’s office. Just two years later he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in an FDR Democratic landslide. He ran and won election to the U.S. Senate in 1952 and would rack up 13 straight election victories during his career. A “guns and butter” Democrat, Jackson also was known as an opponent of the Soviet Union, a supporter of Israel and as a champion of the environment. Jackson ran for the Democratic nomination for president twice, in 1972 and 1976. He won election to the Senate a final time in 1982, but died suddenly in 1983. Numerous institutions are locations have been named in Jackson’s honor.
Jackson is, of course, a huge name is Snohomish County. Keep reading to see other county folk who made it big. (Henry M. Jackson Foundation)