Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

HON. ALBERT CAMPBELL, of Effingham, is the Representative to the Illinois Legislature from the Thirty-third District. He is also a member of the dry-goods firm of Campbell & Caine, of Effingham, and a well-known and prominent resident of this city. He claims Ohio as the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Somerset, Perry County, on the 1st of November, 1855. His parents, Samuel and Sarah (Kuhns) Campbell, are now residents of Effingham. His father was born in the same town in which our subject's birth occurred, and is descended on both sides from old Colonial families of Maryland. On the paternal side the ancestors were evidently of Scotch origin and on the maternal side of German lineage, but it is so far remote that our subject has no positive knowledge of the date of the establishment of their families in America. Both his father's and his mother's mothers were native-born Americans and died several years ago, when more than ninety years of age. The mother of Albert Campbell was born in Pennsylvania, and dates the origin of her family in the New World back prior to the War of the Revolution.

In 1871, when sixteen years of age, Mr. Campbell came to Effingham with his parents. The early years of his life were spent in Ohio. He had attended school in his native State, and on coming to Effingham pursued his studies in its public schools until 1874. In that year he went to St. Louis, where he was employed in various lines of business for a period of thirteen years. In 1887 he returned to Effingham and soon afterward formed a partnership with Mr. Fortney in the drug business under the firm name of Campbell & Fortney, which connection was continued for two years. On the expiration of that period, Mr. Campbell sold out, and forming a partnership with Mr. Caine, embarked in his present line of business in August, 1891.

            On the 30th of April, 1890, in Effingham, Mr. Campbell was united in marriage with Miss Julia B. Stevens, a daughter of James B. Stevens, now deceased. The lady was born in Jasper County, Ill., and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Campbell is connected with several civic societies, holding membership with Effingham Lodge No. 149, A. F. & A. M., and with Effingham Lodge No. 168, K. of P. He is also a member of the Knights of Honor. As a business man he is enterprising and progressive, and in his undertakings has been quite successful. Since forming a partnership with Mr. Caine, they have built up an excellent trade and are now doing a large and lucrative business. In 1892 Mr. Campbell was elected to represent the Thirty-third Senatorial District in the State Legislature. His political career has won him high commendation from his constituents and he is faithfully discharging the duties of the office which he now fills.

 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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