Born in Chichester, he was president of the University of King's College, in Windsor, Nova Scotia, from 1904-1906. In 1904 Campbell married American artist Edith Brand. After a spell in England, Hannah returned to America in 1915 to become professor of church history at the Oberlin Theological Seminary. He returned to the UK again in 1925, to live on his family estate near Edinburgh.
He first stood for parliament as a Liberal candidate for Sunderland at the 1924 General Election, with out success. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bilston constituency at the 1935 general election and held the seat until he died in office in 1944 aged 69.
Hannah published several books, many with illustrations by his wife, including Sussex (1912), Berwick and the Lothians (1913), The Heart of East Anglia, and Capitals of the Northlands (1914), and The Story of Scotland in Stone (1934). He was also a member and frequent speaker at the Sussex Archaeological Society, producing articles on the Prebendal School in Chichester, the Vicars' Close at Chichester and on the town of Crawley, and later on the houses of Chichester Close, Brabletye and West Hothly.
- British Parliamentary Election Results, 1918-1949 FWS Craig
- Sussex Notes and Queries, Vol. 10, Number 3, August 1944, p. 71–72
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- "Edith Brand Hannah, Obituary in The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, May 1948". Retrieved 2007-11-16.
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