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Campbell, John Archibaldlocked

(24 June 1811–12 March 1889)
  • Artemus E. Ward

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Campbell, John Archibald (24 June 1811–12 March 1889), associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Washington, Georgia, the son of Duncan Green Campbell, a lawyer and state legislator, and Mary Williamson. Young John, a product of his parents’ money and influence, enrolled at the University of Georgia, then Franklin College, at the age of eleven. He graduated with honors in 1825 and was appointed to a cadetship in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Duncan Green Campbell died the day before he was widely expected to be elected governor of Georgia in 1828, and John resigned from West Point to teach in Florida for a year to help pay off his father’s financial responsibilities. He returned to Georgia, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1829....

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