David Campbell (Virginia politician)

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David Campbell
David Campbell.jpg
Portrait of Governor Cambpell
Governor of Virginia (1837 to 1840)
State Senator (1820 to 1824)
Personal details
Born (1779-08-07)August 7, 1779
Washington County (later Smyth County), Virginia
Died March 19, 1859(1859-03-19) (aged 79)
"Montcalm," Abingdon, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maria Hamilton Campbell
Children none

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

Biography[edit]

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.[1]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scotland's mark on America By George Fraser Black page 54

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wyndham Robertson
Acting Governor
Governor of Virginia
1837–1840
Succeeded by
Thomas Walker Gilmer