Horatio Jackson graduated from the University of Vermont, became a medical doctor, bank president, newspaper publisher and owner of Vermont᾽s first radio station. In 1903, inspired by a $50 bet, Horatio became the first person to drive cross-country in a motor car. The trip was completed in two months and nine days. Since attempts by others to cross the southwestern deserts had failed, Horatio took a northerly route, following the Oregon Trail. The adventures that Horatio and his traveling companion Sewell Crocker experienced were extraordinary, and they became the basis for the Ken Burns documentary film Horatio᾽s Drive. Despite his age, Horatio joined the Army in WWI. At the end of the war, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre from France and was one of the founders of the American Legion.
This Horatio Jackson History Mug is part of our Vermont series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding Vermont’s history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.