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JACKSON, James Caleb, author, born in Manlius, Onondaga County, New York, 28 March, 1811. He was educated at the Chittenango polytechnic institute, and was a farmer till 1838, when he entered the service of the Massachusetts anti-slavery society as a lecturer. In 1840 he left the field to become corresponding secretary of this society, which place he held till 1842, becoming in that year editor of the "Madison County Abolitionist," at Cazenovia, New York In the autumn of 1844, together with Abel Brown, of Troy, he purchased the Albany "Patriot," and he edited and managed it till 1847, when failing health compelled him to relinquish journalism. In the autumn of 1847 he founded a hydropathic institute at the head of Skaneateles lake, New York, and until 1858 was its principal proprietor and physician. In that year he founded "Our Home Hygienic Institute" at Dansville, Livingston County, New York, which claims to be the largest institution of the kind in the world. Dr. Jackson has had under his care fully 20,000 patients, he is the author of "The Sexual Organization and its Healthy Management" (Dansville, 1861); "Consumption: How to prevent It, and How to cure It" (1862); "How to treat the Sick without Medicine" (1870); "American Womanhood: Its Peculiarities and Necessities" (1870); "The Training of Children" (1872); "The Debilities of Our Boys" (1872); "Christ as a Physician" (1875); "Morning Watches" (1882); and several monographs.
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