George Will characterized Henry Jackson as "the finest public servant I have known." He is said to have been part prosecutor and part professor, a courageous and far-sighted leader and widely respected statesman who relied on the lessons of history and the process of dialogue to understand the issues and shape public policy. The breadth and depth of his influence and accomplishments during his 43 years as a legislator are extraordinary. He died on September 1, 1983, at the age of 71. At his death, he was the senior U.S. Senator from the state of Washington.
Learn about Senator Jackson's extraordinary life and accomplishments on the biography, legislative and bibliography webpages. In addition, the Foundation's publication The Nature of Leadership: Lessons from an Exemplary Statesman uses interviews with 15 of Jackson's colleagues and staffers to shed light on the qualities of leadership embodied by Senator Jackson. The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections also offers the Guide to the Henry M. Jackson Papers, the Henry M. Jackson Web Portal, and the Jackson Digital Collection - extensive and unique archives that hold documents, photos, films and other historical documents related to Senator Jackson's career.