James Archibald Campbell (1843 - 1917)
Campbell was a
businessman in Kansas, Topeka and Shawnee County, and his two sons, James
A., Jr., and Edwin A. Campbell gave a distinction to the family by the
fact that at the same time they held two of the county offices of Shawnee
County. James A., Jr., was the county surveyor, while Edwin A. was the
county treasurer. Before James A. Campbell came to Kansas he was
identified with the family interests in Scotland. He belonged to one of
the oldest branches of the Argyll family, tracing an unbroken descent from
Dugal Campbell A. D. 1160, younger son of the third Knight of Lochow. It
is a matter of special interest that Mr. Campbell's great-uncle, Maj.-Gen.
Sir Archibald Campbell, K. B., was in the British army during the American
Revolution, fought for the mother country, was taken prisoner in Boston
harbour and on May 3, 1778, was exchanged for Ethan Allen, the hero of
Ticonderoga. Afterwards he was governor of Jamaica and later of Madras and
is buried in Westminster Abbey, London. The fine old family estates of "Inverneill"
and Ross in Scotland were owned by Mr. Campbell's brother, Col. Duncan
Campbell, of the British army.
James A. Campbell was born at Inverneill, Argyllshire, Scotland, November
30, 1843, and grew to manhood in his native country. His father, after
whom he was named, was a captain in the British army and was in the
military service of Great Britain until he retired. At that time he
inherited the estates of Inverneill and Ross, and he lived there until his
death in 1878 at the age of seventy-nine. Captain Campbell married Anne
Bowdon, who died in 1845, when her son James A. was a child. James A.
Campbell received a liberal education and a thorough training for
business. He attended a boarding school at Liverpool, England, and also
Madras College at St. Andrews, Scotland. At Manchester, England, he
learned mechanical engineering, but most of his early business experience
was in handling mill supplies at Glasgow, and during that time he also
acted as factor for his father's estates. Giving up these connections and
interests he came to America in 1880. His first home in this country was
in Kansas, and his first experience was in farming in Chase County. A
little later he became a draftsman in the building department of the Santa
Fe Railway, and removing to Topeka about 1881 lived in that city ever
since. In 1884 he became bookkeeper for the Inter-Ocean mills and in 1898
transferred his services to the Mid-Continent mills. Since the fall of
1914 he held a clerical position in the office of the surveyor of Shawnee
On June 23, 1881, after coming to Kansas, Mr. Campbell married Euphemia
Morison, a daughter of James Morison, of Rossie, Dunning, Perthshire,
Scotland. He died in Shawnee County on 7 August 1917.