Josiah Abigail Patterson Campbell
Early life and career
Campbell was born in Camden, South Carolina and was educated at Davidson College, North Carolina, thereafter moving to Madison County, Mississippi. He was admitted to the bar at Kosciusko on June 12, 1847, at the age of seventeen, where he opened a law office and "conducted a large and profitable practice".
He was elected to the state legislature in 1851 and 1859. He was a President pro tempore of the Provisional C.S. Congress in 1861 and 1862, and attained the rank of colonel in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, where he was slightly wounded at the Second Battle of Corinth.
After the war he was elected circuit judge. In 1870, he was one of the commissioners who framed the code of 1871, and in 1879, he similarly worked on the code of 1880. He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1876, and served as Chief Justice from 1891 to 1894. In 1895, he declined re-appointment, and returned to private practice.
- Thomas H. Somorville, "A Sketch of the Supreme Court of Mississippi", in Horace W. Fuller, ed.,The Green Bag, Vol. XI (1899), p. 513.
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