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Birth: Nov. 20, 1844
Woodford County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 1914
Adams County
Illinois, USA Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY.
CSA, Private, Company D, 5th Missouri Infantry. Info shared by Martha Reid member #47314198

Illinois state Senator from 1904 until the time of his death in 1914.
Campbell S Hearn was an Illinois state Senator. He was based in Quincy, Illinois. While in office, he helped to secure a statue of Gen. George Rogers Clark to be built in Riverview Park, Quincy Illinois, overlooking the Mississippi River, and an Armory in honor of the 5th Regiment of the Illinois National Guard. "Cam" Hearn was quite a popular local figure in Quincy, Illinois, with practically his every move reported in the local papers. These stories were usually written with a great deal of enthusiasm and hyperbole.
Quincy Daily Herald, Saturday 29 August 1914. Page 2.
Born a Southerner and a Member
of Confederate Army, He Spent
Most of His Life in Constructive
Work in Northern State.
Senator Campbell S. Hearn, representing the Thirty-sixth Illinois senatorial district, composed of the counties of Adams, Calhoun, Pike and Scott, died at his home, Thirty-secnd and Maine streets, last night at 9 o'clock. Death came after an illness which extended over the past eight months, and in fact even longer than that.

During the last week of 1913, while he was at Springfield on official duties, he suffered a slight apoplectic stroke. It affected his vocal organs at that time, and to some extent, marred his general physical powers, but after a few weeks, its effect passed away to a considerable extent, and friends hoped that there might be many years left to the genial senator, and that he might live to see carried out the last of his great public activities. During the last session of the general assembly he had been instrumental in having appointed the Illinois centennial commission, consisting of five senators, five members of the hosue, and five representatives of the universities and normal schools of the state, to prepare for a fitting observation of the one hundredth anniversary, 1918, of the admission of Illinois as a state. He was made chairman of the commission and only the burdens of illness made him lay down the work.

Had Two More Strokes.

During the latter part of March, however, he suffered a second stroke and on the evening of Wednesday, August 19, was stricken down for the third time. From this he failed to rally, and though conscious at intervals, lay for the most of the period in a state of coma, until death came peacefully last night. Though his death had been expected for days, the announcement of his demise came as a blow to the community, and the expressions of sorrow were genuine and universal.
Senator Hearn was a charter member of Gem City Camp of Modern Woodmen of America, Quincy lodge of Elks, and numerous other fraternal and beneficiary societies, but his greatest desire was to be in actuality the brother of all. He was a great admirer of Sam Walter Foss and said that he had no higher desire than "to sit in his house by the side of the road, and be a friend to man," and those who knew him best believe that the line quoted best expressed his heart's desire.

Cam Hearn's Life.

Born in Woodford county, Kentucky, November 20, 1844, Mr. Hearn passed away in the sixty-ninth year of his age. He was the scion of one of the oldest families of the state of his nativity, his paternal grandfather, Jacob Hearn, having emigrated from Maryland to Fayette county, whence he removed to Owen county, where he built one of the primitive mills operated by horse power. The grandfather possessed considerable ingenuity and business ability and was thus well qualified to cope with the hard conditions of pioneer life. A man of strong convictions, he was fearless in expressing his views upon either religious or political subjects. A patriot too he was and served faithfully and well in the war of 1812.

Parents Died In This Country.

Warren, son of Jacob Hearn, was the first white child born in Owen county and consequently was reared amidst the wild scenes of frontier life. He remained a resident of Kentucky until 1867, when he came to Adams county, making his way to the home of his son, Campbell, (the deceased), in Melrose township, where he died in July, 1882, at the good old age of seventy-eight. Like his father before him, he was a man who had strong convictions and was ever free and fearless in advocacy of what he believed to be right. In politics he was a rock-rooted Democrat; in religion he was affiliated with the Methodist denomination.

The Miss Jane Alexander whom he (Warren Hearn) married was a native of Woodford county, Kentucky, her birth date being September 6, 1806, and she was a daughter of Peter Alexander, a gallant Virginian who emigrated to Kentucky in 1792. He answered his country's call to arms and served through the Revolutionary war. Mrs. Hearn preceded her husband in death seven years, her demise occurring at the home of her son, Campbell on May 21, 1875. There were eight children in the family -- three daughters and five sons -- John Harrison, a ranchman of Stanislaus county, California; Robert S., a merchant of Georgetown, Kentucky, who has served as a member of legislature from his district; Margaret, of Stockton, California, the widow of John Llewellyn, a well to do farmer; Mary K., wife of Ed Whittington, a carpenter contractor of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Jacob L., of Oklahoma, deceased; Campbell S., the subject of this sketch; Melvina E., wife of William Gravart, both deceased, and Alexander W., a California ranchman.

Educated in Kentucky.

To the public school system of Kentucky, Campbell S. Hearn was indebted for the educational advantages and privileges he enjoyed, but he was not yet eighteen years of age when, on the 6th of May, 1862, following the example of his grandfather and father, he enlisted as a soldier. It was at Little Rock, Arkansas, and he became a member of the Fifth Missouri volunteer infantry of the Confederate States of America. He remained in the army over three years, and during that period participated in many engagements against the Union forces, being at different times under the command of Generals Price, Joseph Johnston, VanDorn, Hood and D. M. Mowry, soldiers whose names live in Southern history and are there immortalized. When the surrender took place at Fort Blakely, across the bay from Mobile, Mr. Hearn was taken prisoner, and for two weeks was confined on Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico.

The war closed and peace restored, Mr. Hearn located in Kentucky and then came to this county, destined to be his home the rest of his life. Here he engaged in farming, endeavoring to recoup his lost fortunes, and until his retirement from active business life followed agricultural pursuits quite successfully.

Was Married Twice.

September 10, 1872, Mr. Hearn was married to Miss Elizabeth Hastings, born in this county March 6, 1855, and whose death occurred at Stockton, California, April 21, 1875. There were two children -- George R. L., who is engaged in the undertaking business in Carthage, and John C., deceased. In 1879 Mr. Hearn married Miss Emma Felt, born in Hancock county February 15, 1858, daughter of George Felt, a prominent and prosperous farmer. To this union four children were born -- Warren F., who operates the large Hastings ranch of 1,100 acres at Kearney, Nebraska; Mrs. O. J. Browning of Iowa; Nickerson, deceased, and T. C. Luke, employed at the Model Clothing store, at home.

His Political Career.

Mr. Hearn, always a Democrat in his political views, was for many years one of the county's most active political workers. Melrose township sent him to the board of supervisors year after year for a quarter of a century, and for half of that period he was chairman of the organization. In 1892 he was elected a member of the state board of equalization, and at the expiration of his quadrennial term resigned to accept a position on the board of commissioners of the Southern Illinois state prison at Menard. This office he filled two years. For between thirty and forty years he was a member of the Adams County Democratic Central committee and was one of the body's most influential members, its chairman for twelve years.

In 1904 he was elected to the state senate to represent this, the Thirty-sixth, district, and retained the office up to the time of his death with two years of the term of his last election still to run. During all the years of his life after boyhood he took an active interest in political matters and early in his career became engrossed in the subject of the care of the insane in the almshouses. Largely through his efforts reforms were brought about, and Bartonville hospital for the incurable insane is a monument to his memory. To it have been taken hundreds of unfortunates confined in ill-kept, ill-ventilated, unsanitary poor farms, poorly arranged for their keep, with little and inferior medical attention as a rule, and they have been given a pleasant environment in an institution that is known internationally as the most rational institution for the intelligent care and treatment of the insane that is to be found anywhere on the globe. Not alone in this, but in all matters of public concern the interest of the deceased ever was that of a progressive citizen. Adams county is a better county because of the fact that it was the home of "Cam" Hearn, and Illinois gained what Kentucky lost when the deceased changed his place of residence, a broad-minded, wide-gauged, influential citizen. At the close of the civil war he laid away his prejudices with his musket, and in the succeeding years the country had no more patriotic citizen.

A Comrade of the Comrades.

It was his custom to march with the Grand Army of the Republic in their parades and except in actual membership, which of course was impossible, he was one of their number. He fought for the land of his birth and when the fighting was over stepped from under the flag of the Confederacy and took a position under the Stars and Stripes, there to remain to the end, a patriot, loyal and true. He did not amass riches nor had he any ambition to do so. When he had a dollar he spent it as though there were a million behind it at command and ever and always he was a boon companion, genial of disposition, accommodating and personally easily approached and popular.

The "Cam" Hearn that everybody knew will be the "Cam" Hearn that long will be fondly remembered and whose death is just now sincerely mourned throughout the community.

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  Warren Hearn (1805 - 1882)
  Jane Alexander Hearn (1806 - 1875)
  Elizabeth Hasting Hearn (1855 - 1875)*
  Emma Sarah Felt Hearn (1858 - 1914)*
  Nickerson Hearn*
  George Robert Lee Hearne (1873 - 1942)*
  Mary Katherine Hearne Browning (1882 - 1929)*
  Thomas Campbell Hearne (1893 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodland Cemetery
Adams County
Illinois, USA
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