James Washington Campbell, a well-known successful farmer and stockman of Attica, Kans., is a Pennsylvanian and was born on a farm in Center County, July 21, 1855. He is a son of James Watson and Mary Ann (Pennington) Campbell. The father was also a native of Pennsylvania, born in Center county, February 20, 1814, and spent his life in that State. When a young man, he was a teacher and surveyor, but in later life followed farming. He died, December 29, 1878. His wife, Mary Ann Pennington, was a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Potter) Pennington. She was born August 29, 1818, her mother was of Irish stock, and was born on the Atlantic Ocean, while her parents were enroute to America. James Washington Campbell is one of a family of nine children, as follows: John, born December 16, 1840, was a captain in the Forty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania infantry, and was killed in battle, July 30, 1864, in front of Petersburg, Va.; Henry, born June 26, 1842, died January 20, 1907; Hannah Margaret, born January 11, 1844, married J. B. Williams, Tyrone, Pa.; George Boston, born December 2, 1845, died December 20, 1912; Isaac Pennington, born November 1, 1847, died June 18, 1908; Robert Potter, born August 17, 1849, died January 21, 1880; Anne Eliza, born August 22, 1851, died November 25, 1907; James Washington, the subject of this sketch, and Mary Laura, born January 29, 1858, now the widow of Hamilton Proffett. James W. Campbell was educated in the public schools of Pennsylvania and in the Pennsylvania State College, and in early life followed teaching and farming in his native State. In 1885, he came to Kansas, locating on government land in Greeley county. Here he followed farming until 1889, when he bought land in Liberty township, Harper county, where he now owns a splendid farm of 560 acres, which is under a high state of cultivation, with all modern improvements and is considered the best improved farm in the county. He is a scientific farmer, who uses modern methods, and obtains profitable results. The place presents a well kept and prosperous appearance, with silos, large barns, and a comfortable, modern residence. He specializes in Hereford cattle, in which he has been very successful. Mr. Campbell was married October 18, 1883, at Maryville, Mo., to Miss Mary E. Bloom, a native of Illinois, born April 13, 1861. To this union have been born five children: James Watson, born November 23, 1884, a graduate of Kansas University, class of 1910, with the degree of Bachelor of Art and entered the Medical department of that institution the same yeaar[sic] and was graduated in the class of 1914 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and is now practising his profession; Nellie Greeley (the first white child born in Greeley county, Kans.), born July 31, 1886, was appointed a teacher in the Philippine service in 1910, a position which she has since held; Robert Proffitt, born October 1, 1889, graduated from the Kansas State Agricultural College in the class of 1913; Hannah Margaret, born April 19, 1892, a student in the Kansas State Agricultural College and a member of the class of 1916, and Jessie, born February 12, 1901. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and Mr. Campbell is a Republican. He is progressive in his political views as well as in other affairs.Pages 289-290 from a supplemental volume 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 October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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