CAMPBELL, James Edwin, (nephew of Lewis Davis Campbell),
a Representative from Ohio; born in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, July 7, 1843;
attended the public schools and Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; entered the Union Army as a
member of the Mississippi Squadron, November 29, 1863, and served until honorably discharged
September 24, 1864; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1865; deputy collector of internal
revenue, third district; commenced the practice of law in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1867; prosecuting
attorney of Butler County 1876-1880; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Henry L.
Morey to the Forty-eighth Congress; reelected to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses and served
from June 20, 1884, to March 3, 1889; chairman, Committee on Alcoholic Liquor Traffic (Forty-ninth
Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; Governor of Ohio in 1889; unsuccessful
candidate for Governor in 1891, and again in 1895; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions
in 1892, 1920, and 1924; served on the commission to codify the State laws 1908-1911; resumed
the practice of law in Columbus, Ohio, and died there on December 18, 1924; interment in Green
BibliographyDoyle, James T. James Edwin Campbell: Conservative
Democratic Congressman, Governor and Statesman. Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University, 1967.