Hough, Jackson A.
Born: 1814-XX-XX Virginia
Died: 1879-02-13 Springfield, Illinois
Flourished: Springfield, Illinois
Hough, who went by "J. A." and was also nicknamed "Jack," was a cabinetmaker and carpenter in Springfield, Illinois. From 1839 to 1840, he was partners with Walter Davis in a cabinet shop. Hough was also a band instrument instructor and director of the Springfield Band. He was active in the temperance movement, serving as corresponding secretary for the Illinois State Temperance Society. Politically, he was a Whig. In 1855, Hough retained Abraham Lincoln to represent him in court to recover a debt.
Hough v. Wiley & Coon, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=139249; Whig City Meeting; Abraham Lincoln and Others to the Citizens of Sangamon County; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 123; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 12 April 1839, 3:6; 21 January 1840, 3:4; 9 July 1841, 2:2; 8 October 1841, 2:7; 1 January 1846, 4:1; Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 14 February 1879, 4:1; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 255.