Resolution honors Henry M. ‘Scoop’ Jackson as 100th birthday nears

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives on Friday marked the upcoming 100th anniversary of the birth of Henry M. Jackson, the Everett native who became a powerful United States senator and iconic figure in Washington politics.

The House unanimously approved a resolution commemorating the life and service of the man known best by his nickname, Scoop, as his son, Peter Jackson, and daughter, Anna Marie Jackson Laurence, looked on from the gallery.

Henry Jackson was born May 31, 1912*, and the centennial of his birth “should be honored by true friends of human rights and democracy nationwide and all across the globe,” reads the resolution.

Many events are planned in Everett and around the state for the man who served six terms in the House then five in the Senate.

“It’s a great honor,” Peter Jackson said of the resolution. “I hope this will be an opportunity to inspire people” to become engaged in their communities.

Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, one of the sponsors of the resolution, served as a page for Jackson in 1982, which was the lawmaker’s final year in office.

He said he was enriched by Jackson’s mentoring, which included allowing him in the room during discussions on domestic and foreign policies.

“It was the transformational experience of my life,” Carlyle said.

House Resolution 4678 can be read online at tinyurl.com/HR4678Scoop.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com.

* Correction, 2-25-12: This article originally listed an incorrect birth date for Jackson.

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