John Campbell

 Treasurer of the U.S.

Born:ca. 1789, "Hall's Bottom," near Abingdon, VA
Died:1866, Abingdon, VA


•  Secretary, first constitutional convention of Alabama, 1819 - Alabama Biography

•  "Son of John and Elizabeth (McDonald) Campbell, the former born near where Staunton now stands, Augusta County, Va., April 20, 1741. who settled at 'Royal Oak' with his father about 1769, and at 'Hall's Bottom,' about 1785, both places near Abingdon, Washington County, Va.; grandson of David and Mary (Hamilton) Campbell, the former known as 'White David, was born in Ireland, March 8, 1706, emigrated to America in 1726, and settled near where Staunton, Va., now stands, in 1739; and of Edward and Elizabeth (Robinson) McDonald, who lived at or near where Abingdon, Va., now stands. The Campbell family originated in Argyleshire, Scotland, the ancestral home in the Highlands of the Clan Campbell. The first of the line known was Doogal Campbell, born at Inverary. His son, Duncan Campbell, was an officer in the English army and in the latter part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth went from Scotland to the north of Ireland. Gov. David Campbell of Virginia says that removal was in 1584. He had a son Patrick; he, a son Hugh; he, a son Andrew; he, a son Duncan, born about 1645, who married Mary McCoy about 1668, and had five children, four of whom are known to have come to America about 1726, from the family seat in Ireland, Drumboden, near Londonderry. They first settled in Lancaster County, Pa., but about 1739, moved to the valley of Virginia, locating in what was then Orange, now Augusta County." - Alabama Biography

•  Mr. Campbell was educated at Abingdon Academy, Virginia. - Alabama Biography

•  "In 1811, he was elected a member of the house of delegates of Virginia, from Washington County, and was re-elected in 1813. Before 1818, he was a member of the council of the state of Virginia." - Alabama Biography

•  "He moved to Alabama in 1818, settled at Huntsville, and the following year was chosen secretary of the first constitutional convention of Alabama, 1819." He lived here less than five years. - Alabama Biography

•  About 1821 or 1822, he returned to Abingdon, and in April 1829 was appointed by President Andrew Jackson treasurer of the United States. He held that position until 1839, when, because of differences with President Van Buren, he resigned and returned to Abingdon, Va. - Alabama Biography

•  In 1839, he changed his allegiance from the Democratic party to the Whig party. - Alabama Biography

•  He was the author of the sketches of Col. Arthur Campbell and Gen. William Campbell, which appear in Howe's "History of Virginia." - Alabama Biography

•  He was never married. - Alabama Biography

•  "John Campbell was the 5th Treasurer of the United States, serving under both Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. He was in office from May 26, 1829 to July 20, 1839. Campbell has the distinction of being the first Treasurer to be born a citizen of the United States." - Wikipedia

•  His brother, David (1779-1859) was elected as Gov. of Virginia -

Related Links:

•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, pp. 292-3.

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•  Wikipedia - Information regarding his role as US Treasurer

•  Will - Copy of his will

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