George Campbell of Coffeyville not only stands high in the legal profession of the state, but also as an author whose themes and literary style have received much favorable comment. Mr. Campbell was born in Yates county, N. Y., April 29, 1848, son of James B. and Nellie (Haughtaling) Campbell, the former of whom was of Scotch descent and was born in Pennsylvania, while the latter, the descendant of Holland Dutch ancestry, was born in the Catskill mountain district of New York. James B. Campbell was a boot and shoe merchant at Italy Hill and at Branchport, N. Y., the greater part of his business career. George Campbell was reared in his native state and received his common school education in the New York public schools and at Ionia, Mich. He also attended the high school at Eddytown, N. Y., and the Starkey Seminary at Starkey. N. Y. He entered the pedagogic profession at the age of twenty-four and after teaching in Starkey Seminary, he came to Oswego, Labette county, Kansas, in which county he taught fifteen terms, principally at Mound Valley. He had determined upon the profession of law as his life work, however, to which end he studied at Oswego and at Mound Valley, and was admitted to the Labette county bar in 1883. He began the practice of his profession in Mound Valley and was elected probate judge of Labette county in 1892 in which office he served one term of two years. In 1896 he was elected state senator and served one term of four years after which he resumed his practice at Oswego where he was thus engaged until 1905. In that year he removed to the city of Coffeyville, in the adjoining county of Montgomery, where he has since successfully continued his legal practice, and has served as city attorney. Mr. Campbell is a writer of ability, some of his best known works being, "The Life and the Death of Worlds;" "America, Past, Present and Future;" "Island Home;" "A Revolution in the Science of Cosmology;" and "The Greater United States of America."
In politics Mr. Campbell is an independent, supporting those men and measures which are in accord with his convictions. He is a member of the Masonic order in which he has attained the Knights Templar degree, and is also a member of the Mystic Circle, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
In 1873 Mr. Campbell married Miss Sarah E. Drenner and to their union have been born three daughters; Alta, Grace and Helen.Page 862 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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