1930: Graduated from Everett High School.
1935: Graduated from the University of Washington Law School.
1938: First elected to office as Snohomish County prosecuting attorney. He defeated Democratic incumbent Al Swanson in the primary and Republican Tom Stiger in the general election.
1939: Jackson ordered the elimination of slot and pinball machines in the county.
1940: First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He defeated Democratic opponents Howard Bargreen and Pat Hurley in the primary and Republican Payson Peterson in the general election.
1942: Re-elected to a second term after defeating Peterson.
1944: Won a third term by beating Peterson.
1946: Won a fourth term by again beating Pearson. The margin of victory -- 53 percent to 47 percent -- was the closest of the five contests between Jackson and Peterson.
1948: Won a fifth term by defeating Peterson.
1950: Won a sixth term by defeating Republican Herb Wilson. Turned down President Harry S. Truman's offer to be U.S. Undersecretary of the Department of the Interior.
1952: First elected to the U.S. Senate. Jackson defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Harry P. Cain by a margin of 56.2 percent to 43.5 percent.
1958: Re-elected to a second term by beating Republican William B. Bantz.
1960: Considered as a running mate for John F. Kennedy, he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
1961: Jackson meets Helen Hardin, receptionist for New Mexico Sen. Clinton P. Anderson, on Jan. 4. They marry on Dec. 16.
1963: Daughter Anna Marie Jackson was born.
1964: Won a third term by beating Republican Lloyd J. Andrews.
1966: Son Peter Jackson was born.
1968: Turned down President Richard Nixon's offer to be Secretary of Defense.
1970: Won a fourth term. He defeated Democrat Carl Maxey in the primary, then beat Republican Charles Elicker in the general election with 82.4 percent.
1972: Lost the Democratic presidential nomination to George McGovern.
1976: Ran for president again, losing the nomination to Jimmy Carter. Jackson dropped out early enough to file to run for Senate again. Won a fifth term by defeating Republican George M. Brown.
1982: Won a sixth term by beating Republican Douglas Jewett and two Independent candidates, King Lysen and Jesse Chiang.
1983: Died on Sept. 1 at age 71.
1984: Posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan.
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