Pi3 incompatible with Jessie -- only works on Stretch?

Brand new Raspberry Pi3 does not boot with Raspbian Jessie but will boot with Raspbian Stretch.  
All I get is the red light on the Pi -- not reading the microSD.
Reformatting and burning Stretch on the the same microSD card boots.
Is the Pi3 bad -- what is going on?
Francois KoutchoukCTOAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
why do you want to use the older O/S and not the latest version of raspbian?
Francois KoutchoukCTOAuthor Commented:
Two reasons:  
1) several other units with Pi Zero W and older versions of Pi3 in the field run Jessie -- bad idea to have different versions from a standardization and support perspective
2) this Pi3 -- or perhaps Stretch won't work with UART (I entered another question about that).
So, ah, back to my question, why would this brand new Pi3 not run Jessie?
Francois KoutchoukCTOAuthor Commented:
According to the Adafruit Forum admin the Pi 3 B+ will only work with Stretch -- not older versions of Raspbian like Jessie.

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