CAMPBELL, Alexander, (1814 - 1898)


CAMPBELL, Alexander, a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm near Concord, Franklin County, Pa., October 4, 1814; attended the public schools; became a clerk in an iron works and was subsequently promoted to superintendent, continuing in the business of managing iron works in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Missouri until 1850, when he moved to La Salle, Ill., and became interested in the coal fields; mayor of La Salle in 1852 and 1853; member of the State house of representatives in 1858 and 1859; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1862; elected as an Independent to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; retired from public life; died in La Salle, Ill., August 8, 1898; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.