Today we honor Augustus Jackson, dubbed the “Father of Ice Cream.” Jackson worked as a White House cook in the 1820s and though he did not invent ice cream — for which he's sometimes incorrectly given credit — he did create many popular ice cream recipes.
After leaving the White House, he returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and went into business for himself as a caterer and confectioner. Jackson developed an improved and more efficient method for making ice cream. He discovered that ice, mixed with salt, could lower and control the temperature of his special ice cream mix. Jackson began to sell his new creation to both street vendors and ice cream parlors for $1 per quart, which sold out each day. His business success helped him become one of the wealthiest African Americans in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, he never received any patents for his recipes and flavors.