John Allen Campbell

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John Allen Campbell
John Allen Campbell.jpg
Born (1835-10-08)October 8, 1835
Salem, Ohio
Died July 14, 1880(1880-07-14) (aged 44)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1866, 1867 - 1869
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Brevet Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Allen Campbell (October 8, 1835 – July 14, 1880) was a politician and officer in the U.S. Army. Campbell was the first Governor of the Wyoming Territory.[1]


Campbell was born in Salem, Ohio, and attended public school in Ohio.[2] In 1861, Campbell joined the Union Army in the Civil War. He served as a publicity writer and later as adjutant general on Major General John M. Schofield's staff.[3] He advanced from lieutenant to brevet brigadier general.


Campbell continued to serve under Major General Schofield during the Reconstruction Period, and in Virginia helped set up senatorial and representative districts. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him Governor of Wyoming Territory in 1869 and again in 1873. While Governor, Campbell approved the first law in United States history explicitly granting women the right to vote. The law was approved on December 10, 1869. This day was later commemorated as Wyoming Day.[4]

In 1875, Campbell served as Third Assistant Secretary of State under Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Campbell was a member of the Republican Party.[5]

Campbell was appointed American Consul at Basel, Switzerland, on December 3, 1877, and resigned on February 4, 1880.[6]

Death and legacy[edit]

Campbell died on July 14, 1880 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.[7] Campbell County, Wyoming, is named after him.[8]

In Popular Culture[edit]

Campbell was portrayed by the actor Ed Prentiss in the 1960 episode "The Truce" of the ABC western television series, Lawman, starring John Russell. In the story line, a wanted outlaw, O. C. Coulsen, played by Robert McQueeney, turns himself in to Marshal Dan Troop in hopes that Governor Campbell will grant Coulsen clemency because Coulsen had saved the governor's life during the American Civil War. Meanwhile, a sheriff in pursuit seeks credit for Coulsen's arrest. The governor informs Coulsen that he must first undergo arrest and trial before there can be any consideration of a pardon.[9]

Campbell was portrayed by Jake Weber as a main character in the fourth season of Hell on Wheels as the provisional governor of Wyoming and overseer of the Union Pacific Railroad.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Governors of Wyoming". State of Wyoming. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "John Campbell". Wyoming State Historical Society. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "John A. Campbell (R)". Wyoming State Archives. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Today in History". The Library of Congress. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "John A. Campbell (R)". Wyoming State Archives. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "John Allen Campbell". Wyoming State Archives. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "John Allen Campbell". Find A Grave. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-204-8. 
  9. ^ ""The Truce", Lawman, March 6, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
New Office
Third Assistant Secretary of State
February 24, 1875 – November 30, 1877
Succeeded by
Charles Payson