Hon. Alexander Campbell


HON. ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, a distinguished resident of Brooke county, W. Va., and son of Alexander Campbell, was born October 24, 1831, in the vicinity of Bethany. He was graduated from Bethany college in the class of 1852. His marriage to Miss Mary A. Purvis, of Louisiana, took place December 30, 1852. She is a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Campbell) Purvis. The former was a native of South Carolina, but moved to Mississippi at an early date. The principal of this biography spent a portion of each year in Louisiana, and was engaged in planting cotton until 1888. In the year 1874 he was elected chairman of the state democratic executive committee, and two yeras later was elected a member of the national democratic committee, and his term of office expiring he was again chosen for that distinguished position in 1880 at Cincinnati, Ohio, and served until the year 1884. President Cleveland recognized his ability by appointing him as commissioner to the Melbourne international exhibition which was held in Melbourne, Australia from August 1888 to January 31, 1889. While in Australia, Mr. Campbell traveled extensively through the colonies and wrote exhaustive reports of the wool and sugar industries of that country for the United States government. He is the father of seven children, named: Virginia (Mageary), now living in Australia; Mary A. (Hagerman), of Richmond, Ky.; Alexander P., Robert M., William, John E. and Archie. The family are members of the Christian church of Bethany. In 1872 Mr. Campbell was a member of the West Virginia constitutional convention, and his life has been crowned with honors which have never been sought, but were rather forced upon him.

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