James E. CAM PBELL Edit Profile
Perth Academy; Edinburgh. Trained a civil engineer. Doctor of Laws (Aberdeen).
He served as the 38th Governor of Ohio. He was a master's mate on the gunboats Elk and Naiad until his health gave out and he returned home emaciated. James Campbell was admitted to the bar in 1865 and began practicing law in Hamilton, Ohio two years later.
Campbell was married to Maud Elizabeth Owens of Hamilton, Ohio on January 4, 1870. They had four children. He was a Republican who voted for Lincoln and Grant for President, and after 1872 became a Democrat.
In the 49th Congress, he was chairman of the House Committee on Alcoholic Liquor Traffic. Campbell then was elected to the Ohio governorship, serving from 1890 to 1892. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1891, losing to future president William McKinley.
During his term as Governor, he signed a bill enacting the Australian ballot in Ohio. He called a special session of the General Assembly to remove the corrupt government of the city of Cincinnati. This action cost him the support of Democrats in that part of the state, and prevented his re-election.
He was unsuccessful in a third run for governor in 1895. Campbell was a trustee of the Ohio State University 1895-1896. He served on the commission to codify the State of Ohio laws from 1908-1911.
In 1913, Campbell was appointed a trustee of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, and he was elected unanimously by the Board of Trustees as president on September 25, 1918. He served as president until his death. He resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Ohio after 1892 and died there in 1924.
James Edwin Campbell is interred in Green Lawn Cemetery.
Remaining politically active, Campbell was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1892, 1920, and 1924. Campbell was nominated for Congress in 1906, but lost, and was his party's choice for Senator in 1908, but was again defeated.
He served in the Union Army as a member of the Mississippi River Squadron during the Civil War.
Married Elizabeth Owens, January 4, 1870.