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David Campbell

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Washington, VA, USA
Death: March 19, 1859 (79)
Washington, VA, USA
Place of Burial: Sinking Spring Cemetery, Abingdon, Virginia
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Son of John Campbell of Hall's Botton and Elizabeth (McDonald) Campbell
Husband of Mary Campbell, dau. Col. David
Brother of Edward Campbell, VA Const. Conv.; Mary Cummings; John Campbell, US Treasurer; Catherine Campbell; Eliza Campbell and 1 other

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About Gov. David Campbell

The subject of this sketch was the eldest son of John Campbell and Elizabeth McDonald, his wife, of Hall's Bottom, Washington County, Virginia, and was born on the 2d of August, 1779, at Royal Oak (now in Smyth county), and was about eight years old when his father removed to Hall's Bottom. There he grew up, receiving such education as the frontier settlements could provide. In the year 1794, in his fifteenth year, he was appointed an Ensign in Captain John Davis's company of militia. In 1799 he was commissioned a captain of a company of light infantry assigned to the Seventieth Regiment of Militia, and in the fall of the same year he married his cousin, Mary Hamilton [Comment: Mary was the daughter of Colonel David Campbell of Campbell's Station, Tennessee]. He studied law, and was licensed, but never practiced his profession.

He died at "Mont Calm," his home, now the home of Colonel Cummings, on March 19th, 1859, without issue, and his remains were interred in Sinking Spring Cemetery, Abingdon, Virginia

David Campbell (August 7, 1779 – March 19, 1859) was the 27th Governor of Virginia from 1837 to 1840.

Campbell was born in a part of Washington County, Virginia, that later became Smyth County. He was a successful merchant in Abingdon, Virginia, and served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Both of his parents were of Scottish descent.

As governor Campbell unsuccessfully advocated creation of a statewide system of compulsory education. He called a special session of the General Assembly that helped Virginia weather the financial Panic of 1837.

His brother John Campbell (1787 or 1788 – by 29 January 1867) served as treasurer of the United States from 1829 to 1839. Another brother, Edward Campbell (1781–1833), represented Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Washington Counties in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829–1830.

Captain John Campbell, Sr. b. April 20, 1742, in Augusta County, Virginia d. 07 December 1825. He married Elizabeth McDonald on October 1, 1778 (Source: Historical Sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher, and Kindred Families. By Margaret C. Pilcher.), daughter of Edward McDonald and Elizabeth Robinson. She was born May 29, 1753. Their son, David Campbell was the Governor of Virginia from 1837 to 1840.


Birth: Aug. 2, 1779 Death: Mar. 19, 1859

Virginia Governor. He served as Governor of Virginia from 1837 to 1840.

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 Mary Hamilton Campbell Campbell (1783 - 1859)*
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Burial: Sinking Spring Cemetery Abingdon Washington County Virginia, USA

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August 7, 1779
Washington, VA, USA
March 19, 1859
Age 79
Washington, VA, USA
March 19, 1859
Age 79
Sinking Spring Cemetery, Abingdon, Virginia