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Henry Martin Jackson; (1912-September 1, 1983 ), American political leader. He was born in Everett, Wash., on May 31, 1912. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of Washington law school, he practiced law in Everett. Jackson, a Democrat, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1941 to 1953.
In 1952, Jackson won election to the U.S. Senate, and he was reelected in 1958, 1964, and 1970. As chairman of the committee on interior and insular affairs after 1963, he was a leading Senate conservationist. Representing a state dependent on the aerospace industry, Jackson also sat on the armed services committee, and was an authority on national defense. He supported U.S. policy in Vietnam and greater outlays for defense spending after most liberals took opposite views. Jackson, an influential supporter of Israel, sought to force the Soviet Union to let more Jews emigrate as a condition to more favorable U.S.-USSR trade terms. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.