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James Romulus CAMPBELL

(1853-1924)

CAMPBELL, James Romulus, a Representative from Illinois; born near McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Ill., May 4, 1853; attended the public schools and the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in McLeansboro, Ill.; owned and edited the McLeansboro Times 1870-1898; member of the State house of representatives 1884-1888; served in the State senate 1888-1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); was not a candidate for reelection to the Fifty-sixth Congress in 1898; served in the war with Spain in the Ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; commissioned colonel June 28, 1898; after the muster out of that regiment was appointed lieutenant colonel of the Thirtieth Regiment, United States Volunteers, on July 5, 1899, and assigned to service in the Philippine Islands; commissioned brigadier general of Volunteers January 3, 1901, and was honorably discharged March 25, 1901; engaged in milling and banking in McLeansboro, Ill., and died there August 12, 1924; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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