Robert B. Campbell

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Robert Blair Campbell
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Lowndes County
In office
August 3, 1840 – August 2, 1841
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
February 27, 1834 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by Thomas Singleton
Succeeded by John Campbell
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded by Thomas R. Mitchell
Succeeded by Thomas R. Mitchell
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Marlboro District
In office
November 22, 1830 – December 19, 1833
Preceded by James Ervin
Succeeded by Barnabas Kelet Henagan
In office
November 25, 1822 – March 4, 1823
Preceded by Robertson Carloss
Succeeded by Charles Irby
Personal details
Born Marlboro County, South Carolina
Died July 12, 1862
Ealing, London, United Kingdom
Resting place Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Political party Democratic-Republican
Other political
Alma mater South Carolina College
Profession lawyer, politician, diplomat
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
South Carolina South Carolina
Service/branch South Carolina Militia
Years of service 1814; 1830
Rank General
Battles/wars Nullification Crisis

Robert Blair Campbell (died July 12, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, brother of John Campbell, also of South Carolina.

Early life[edit]

Born in Marlboro County, South Carolina, Campbell was educated by a private tutor. He attended school in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1809. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was commissioned captain in the South Carolina Militia in 1814.

Career and death[edit]

He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1820 for election to the Seventeenth Congress. He served in the South Carolina Senate from 1821 to 1823, and again from 1830 to 1833.

Campbell was elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824 to the Nineteenth Congress and for election in 1826 to the Twentieth Congress and in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress. Campbell was elected as a Nullifier to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Thomas B. Singleton. He was reelected as Nullifier to the Twenty-fourth Congress and served from February 27, 1834, to March 3, 1837. During the nullification movement he was commissioned general of South Carolina troops in 1833.

He moved to Lowndes County, Alabama, about 1840. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1840. He was appointed on September 28, 1842, consul at Habana, Cuba, and served until July 22, 1850. From there, he moved to San Antonio, Texas. He was appointed on March 16, 1853, a commissioner for the United States to aid in settlement of the disputed boundary line between Texas and Mexico.

He was appointed consul at London, England, and served from August 3, 1854, to March 1861, when he was recalled. He moved to Ealing, where he died July 12, 1862. He was interred in the crypt of Kensington Church.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas R. Mitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas R. Mitchell
Preceded by
Thomas Singleton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John Campbell

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website