US Congressman, US Diplomat, Civil War Union Army Officer. Born in Franklin, Warren County, Ohio, he attended the common schools and apprenticed as a printer at the "Cincinnati Gazette" when he was 16 years old. A strong supporter of Henry Clay, he published his own newspaper, a Clay Whig publication, in Hamilton, Ohio from 1831 to 1835 while he studied law. He was admitted to the Bar Association in Ohio and commenced to practice as an attorney in Butler County. After losing elections to Congress in 1840, 1842, and 1844, he was finally elected in 1848 as a Whig to represent Ohio's 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He then represented Ohio's 3rd District when the Congressional Districts of Ohio were realigned before his reelection in 1850 and 1852. After the Whig Party dissolved, Campbell was reelected in 1854 as a member of the Opposition Party, and in 1856 as a Republican. He lost his seat in Congress on May 25, 1858 to Clement Vallandigham, who successfully contested the results of the previous election. Campbell was unsuccessful as a candidate in 1858. When the Civil War began, he was appointed by Governor William Dennison as a Colonel of US Volunteers and was assigned to organize the 69th Ohio Volunteer Volunteer Infantry. Soon after the regiment was formed, he resigned because of ill health. In 1866, he was appointed by President Andrew Johnson as the United States Minister to Mexico and served in that capacity for 11 months before resigning. He was elected to the Ohio State Senate and served from 1869 until his resignation in 1870 to accept election to Congress as a Democrat for his sixth Congressional term. He declined to become a candidate for reelection in 1872. He was also a delegate to the Ohio State Constitutional Convention in 1873 and served as president of the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railroad Company for several years. He died in Hamilton, Ohio in 1882 when he was 71 years old. His nephew, James E. Campbell, was also a Congressman from Ohio. (bio by: K Guy)
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Thank you for your service as a Congressmen and a Colonel in the Army. You became famous as you see your portrait on this CDV by the famous Alexander Gardner of Washington, DC. -
Bob Gantz Added: Apr. 22, 2015