Joseph Campbell (accountant)

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Joseph Campbell
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Born March 25, 1900
New York City, New York
Died June 21, 1984(1984-06-21) (aged 84)
Sarasota, Florida
Citizenship American

Joseph Campbell (March 25, 1900 – June 21, 1984)[1] was the fourth Comptroller General of the United States, in office from December 14, 1954 - July 31, 1965.[2] He was born in New York City. His first marriage was to Marjorie Louise Goetze on September 1, 1925. The couple had five boys: Frederick, Douglas, Robert, Alan, and Colin.[3][4] He married artist and philanthropist Dorothy Stokes Bostwick in 1950.

Campbell received an Artium Baccalaureus from Columbia University in 1924.[1]

He worked as an accountant at Lingley, Baird, and Dixon from 1925 until 1927. He was an assistant comptroller and a comptroller at The Valspar Corporation between 1927 and 1932. He was a partner at R. T. Lingley & Co. in 1932 and 1933. He became a CPA in New York State and Connecticut in 1933. He was a partner at Joseph Campbell & Co. from 1933 until 1941.[3]

He served as an assistant treasurer at Columbia University beginning in 1941[3] and on March 13, 1949 was elected Treasurer by the Board of Trustees. He was the tenth Treasurer in the history of the university.[5]

During the early 1950s Campbell served as a member of the United States Atomic Energy Commission and in several other capacities within the federal government.[1] When Comptroller General Lindsay Carter Warren retired Congress was deadlocked over selecting a replacement, so President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Campbell with whom he was familiar with due to Eisenhower's term of presidency at Columbia University.[6] Campbell departed the office before his 15-year term of office concluded due to health issues.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Albert Nelson Marquis, 1961, p. 127 
  2. ^ Staats, Elmer B. (1967), Annual Report of the Comptroller General of the United States for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1967 (PDF), Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. iv 
  3. ^ a b c Who's Who in New England, Albert Nelson Marquis, 1949, p. 118 
  4. ^ a b "Joseph Campbell 1900-1984" (PDF), The GAO Review, Washington, D.C.: Government Accountability Office, 19 (4): i, 1984, ISSN 1045-3261 
  5. ^ "New Treasurer Elected By Columbia University", The New York Times, p. 26, March 14, 1949 
  6. ^ "Stimulate & Vaccinate", Time, LXIV (26), December 27, 1954, ISSN 0040-781X 

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