Preston W. Campbell

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Preston W. Campbell
17th Chief Justice of Virginia
In office
November 26, 1931 – October 1, 1946
Preceded by Robert R. Prentis
Succeeded by Henry W. Holt
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
In office
February 1, 1924 – October 1, 1946
Preceded by Joseph L. Kelly
Succeeded by Archibald C. Buchanan
Personal details
Born Preston White Campbell
(1874-01-24)January 24, 1874
Abingdon, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 2, 1954(1954-07-02) (aged 80)
Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
Spouse(s) Louise Elwood Howard
Alma mater University of Virginia

Preston White Campbell (January 24, 1874 – July 2, 1954) was born in Abingdon, Virginia.[1] He was educated by tutors and at the Abingdon Male Academy. He read law in the office of Francis B. Hutton, later a circuit judge, and after being admitted to the bar, attended the University of Virginia for further study under Professor John B. Minor. He began practice in Abingdon and was the youngest member of the Constitutional Convention of 1901-02. In 1911, he became Commonwealth’s Attorney of Washington County, Virginia and served until 1914 when he became judge of the Twenty-Third Circuit Court. When Judge Joseph L. Kelly retired in 1924, Judge Campbell was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals and, in 1931, became Chief Justice. He retired from the court in 1946.


  1. ^ Carrico, Harry L. "Preston White Campbell (1874–1954)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 13 July 2015.