Gen. William B. Campbell (USA), Governor

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William Bowen Campbell

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Mansker's Creek in Sumner County, Tennessee
Death: August 19, 1867 (56-64)
Place of Burial: Cedar Grove Cemetery Lebanon Wilson County Tennessee
Immediate Family:

Son of David Campbell of Washington Co. and Catherine Campbell
Husband of Frances Campbell
Father of Margaret Hamilton Pilcher; Dr. J. Owen Campbell; Joseph Allen Campbell; Mary C Kelley; Fanny A Bonner and 1 other
Brother of John Hamilton Campbell; Margaret Hamilton Campbell; Virginia Tabitha Jane Shelton; David H. R. Campbell and Mary Scales

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About Gen. William B. Campbell (USA), Governor

William Bowen Campbell (February 1, 1807– August 19, 1867) was governor of Tennessee from 1851 to 1853.


Campbell was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, later leaving to study law in Virginia. He returned to Tennessee in 1829 in order to establish a law practice at Carthage, in Smith County. Serving for a short period as state attorney general, he was later elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, but resigned that post in order to fight in the Seminole War. Later he would served as a Tennessee state judge.

After his return, he served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, 1837-1843. He was a colonel of the famed 1st Tennessee (the "Bloody 1st") in the Mexican War. Leading his men in the Battle of Monterrey, he is said to have yelled, "Boys, follow me!" which became the Whig slogan for his 1851 gubernatorial campaign. During the Civil War, he served as a Brigadier General in the Union Army, resigning in 1863. After the Civil War, He did not seek another term as governor, but was elected again to the U.S. House of Representatives when Tennessee was readmitted to the Union. He was initially prevented from taking his seat by Radical Republicans.

He defended President Andrew Johnson against impeachment charges as a House member, and then served as an advisor to him during his trial in the Senate, dying shortly afterwards. He was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Honors and awards

Fort Campbell, Kentucky is named in his honor.

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Gen. William B. Campbell (USA), Governor's Timeline

February 1, 1807
Mansker's Creek in Sumner County, Tennessee
Age 35
Tennessee, United States
Age 45
Age 48
August 19, 1867
Age 60