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JOHN CAMPBELL, D. D. S., residing at Bloomington, is a native of West Virginia, born in 1833. He is the son of Archibald and Susan (Jones) Campbell, natives of West Virginia, where the father followed the calling of a farmer. Nine children were born of the parental union, five of whom are now living. The subject of this notice was reared to the calling of a farmer, and lived with the old folk until he was twenty years old. His early education was received in the common schools, and supplemented by an academical course at Union, Monroe Co., W. Va. His preceptor was Rev. Samuel Houston, a Presbyterian clergyman. After leaving school our subject began the practice of dentistry, borrowing $50 wherewith to purchase his first case of dental instruments.

Our subject continued this profession until the breaking out of the late Civil War in 1861, when he enlisted in Co. F., 22d West Virginia Volunteers, as Lieutenant. He resigned his office during the first year of service, and while at home was elected Captain, and returning to the field of conflict continued in the service until the close of the war. He participated in the battle of Fisher Hill, where he received two wounds, one in the left shoulder and one in the left hip. At the battle of New Market he received a flesh wound in the foot. Here he was ordered to charge the pits of the enemy, and starting on a run, our subject at the head of his men soon fell into the pit himself, and that, too, right on top of two of the enemy. He immediately demanded their surrender, and they, doubtless thinking there were many more to assist him in their capture, there and then surrendered, although they were afraid to stick their heads out of the pit. Mr. Campbell told them to throw up their hats and get out, and they did so.

After returning from the war Mr. Campbell once more entered upon the peaceful pursuits of life and engaged in farming in West Virginia. This he continued for about one year, and March 18, 1800, we find him at Bloomington, Ill., with a cash capital of seventy-five cents in his pocket. He, however, had a large amount of energy, and was determined to succeed in the practice of his profession, and engaged in partnership with his cousin, Dr. J. M. Skaggs, at Danvers. This relationship continued for about eight months, at the expiration of which time Dr. Campbell opened an office at Leroy, and there practiced his profession until 1808. During this time, however, he practiced three months of each year at Concord, Mo. During the years 1809-70 he was a student in the Dental College at St. Louis, where he received his degree of D. D. S.

Coming to Bloomington in 1870 Dr. Campbell opened an office at No. 208 North Center street, and at once entered upon practice as Dental Surgeon and there remained for two years. He then changed his location to the corner of Center and Jefferson streets, where he is at present located, and where he is meeting with success.

Mr. Campbell was married to Miss Katie Jarrett, of West Virginia, in 1879. She is the daughter of Ira and Eveline (Johnson) Jarrett, natives of West Virginia. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, one daughter, Nettie J., has been born. The Doctor is a member of the Illinois Dental, State Dental and the Central Illinois Dental Associations. He is Democratic in politics, and has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1803.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States.  (Chicago:  Chapman Brothers, 1887), 132-133.  Transcribed by Judy Edwards


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