WASHINGTON – The effort to get a federal courthouse in Buffalo named after one of Jamestown’s adopted sons is a step closer to becoming a reality. On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation naming the brand new U.S. courthouse for Robert H. Jackson. The legislation, which was sponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins, will now go on to the U.S. Senate, where it is being co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Once passed by the Senate, this legislation will go to the White House for the President’s signature.
In a statement, Higgins said he was pleased that Buffalo’s federal courthouse will bear the name of Robert H. Jackson and it is only fitting that this building will stand as a reminder of his lasting legacy in our community and around the world. Jackson served as U.S. Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice and the Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes trial. He grew up in Frewsburg and practiced law in Jamestown for nearly 20 years before taking a position in the Franklin Roosevelt administration.