Biography of William W. Campbell
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM WASHINGTON CAMPBELL, of Pittsburg, Pa., a prominent attorney, with offices at No. 413 Grant St., was born at Paisley, Scotland, May 26, 1842, son of Hugh and Agnes (Johns) Campbell. His family is of Scotch ancestry, and his father, Hugh Campbell, was a son of William and Jane Campbell, and a shawl manufacturer in his native land. He came to America in 1847 with a company which intended to manufacture shawls in California, but owing to the constant harassing of the Indians, this project was abandoned, and Hugh Campbell became a trooper in the United States cavalry. He saw distinguished service in the Mexican war, participated in a number of bloody fights, and was so severely wounded at Pueblo that he died from the effects of his wounds. He had three children: William W.; Hugh, who died in Aberdeen, Miss., in May, 1901, and John P., who resides at Marietta, Ohio. Mrs. Campbell, mother of the subject, died in Fairmont, W. Va. William W. Campbell accompanied his parents to America when only five years of age, and after a short stay in St. Louis, removed to West Virginia. He was educated in the Marietta academy and college of Marietta, Ohio, and at the beginning of the Civil war entered the government service as a telegraph operator, and at the same time also acted in that capacity for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. He was stationed at Oakland, Md.; then at Rowlesburg, W. Va., and, in 1864, at Fairmont, W. Va., where he received and published the bulletin pertaining to Lee's surrender. At the close of the war he was placed in charge of a station for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad at Fairmont, where he remained for a number of years, and subsequently held the same position with that company for many years at Farmington, W. Va. In the meantime he was devoting his leisure to the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1880, after passing a splendid examination conducted by John J. Hoag, Altheus Heymond and Judge A, Brooks Fleming. He practiced in West Virginia with much success until 1889, when he removed to Pittsburg, was admitted to the bar of Allegheny county, and since has continuously practiced in that city. Mr. Campbell is a democrat, and while living in West Virginia took an active part in politics, holding the office of commissioner of deeds and being defeated for the office of county clerk by the narrow margin of eleven votes. He has been twice married first, to Elmina, daughter of Jacob and Jane Straight, of Fairmont, W. Va., and they had ten children: Jane Agnes, who died at the age of six years and six months; Mary Martha, wife of Robert T. Walsh, of McKeesport; William H., who married Jessie Griffith and resides in Pittsburg; Guy Edgar, who married Edith Phillips and is a broker in Pittsburg; Betsey Blanch, wife of Harry T. Foley, of Philadelphia; Clyde S., a resident of Texas; Maud Ella, wife of Elmer Schrock, of McKeesport; Lula Margaret, wife of W. R. Worthington, of Greensburg; Otto C, resident of Pittsburg, and Ruhamie Belva, wife of Malcolm B. Brady, of Philadelphia. Mrs. Campbell died in Crafton, Pa., Oct. 19, 1897, and is buried in the Phillips burial ground near Crafton. Mr. Campbell was married the second time, on Feb. 28, 1899, to Catherine, daughter of Matthew and Jessie Howard, of Allegheny city, and they have one daughter, Aurelia Alta, and one son, Robert Burns, born Sept. 19, 1903. He is a member and past noble grand of Henry Lambert lodge. No. 475, I. O. O. F., of Pittsburg and is past grand of Electic lodge of Farmington, W. Va. , of which lodge he is a charter member, and also of Campbell lodge of Spencer, W. Va. He is a past chief patriarch and representative to the grand encampment. Mr. Campbell is a member of the First Presbyterian church of Crafton, and resides at Wilkinsburg, Pa.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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