Johnson N. Camden

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Johnson Newlon Camden
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United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 4, 1887
Preceded by Frank Hereford
Succeeded by Charles J. Faulkner
In office
January 25, 1893 – March 4, 1895
Preceded by John E. Kenna
Succeeded by Stephen B. Elkins
Personal details
Born (1828-03-06)March 6, 1828
Lewis County, Virginia
(now West Virginia)
Died April 25, 1908(1908-04-25) (aged 80)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic

Johnson Newlon Camden (March 6, 1828 – April 25, 1908) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. Born in Collins Settlement, Virginia (now West Virginia), he attended school in Sutton. He was appointed as a cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1846 until 1848, when he resigned.

Law and politics[edit]

He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Sutton in 1851; he was appointed the same year prosecuting attorney for Braxton County. In 1852 he was elected prosecuting attorney for Nicholas County and engaged in the development of petroleum and in manufacturing in Parkersburg in 1858. He was president of the First National Bank of Parkersburg at its organization in 1862, and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of West Virginia in 1868 and again in 1872.

Camden was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1881, to March 4, 1887; he resumed the practice of law at Parkersburg, and was again elected as a Democrat to the Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John E. Kenna, and served from January 25, 1893, to March 4, 1895. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Fifty-third Congress) and a member of the Committee on Railroads (Fifty-third Congress). He continued former business pursuits, and died in Baltimore, Maryland; interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Parkersburg.

Johnson N. Camden's son, Johnson N. Camden, Jr., was a U.S. Senator from Kentucky in the 63rd Congress.

In 1903-1904, he ordered built the Union Trust & Deposit Co./Union Trust National Bank at Parkersburg.[1] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[2] Camden also owned lumber and hotel interests in Lanes Bottom, West Virginia (now known as Camden-on-Gauley).[3]


  1. ^ Eliza Smith, Christina Mann (December 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Citizens National Bank" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
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United States Senate
Preceded by
Frank Hereford
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from West Virginia
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1887
Served alongside: Henry G. Davis, John E. Kenna
Succeeded by
Charles J. Faulkner
Preceded by
John E. Kenna
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from West Virginia
January 25, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Served alongside: Charles J. Faulkner
Succeeded by
Stephen B. Elkins