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|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 6th district
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
|Preceded by||Edward Dickinson Baker|
|Succeeded by||Richard Yates|
|9th Secretary of State of Illinois|
|Preceded by||Lyman Trumbull|
|Succeeded by||Horace S. Cooley|
|Died||December 6, 1868 (aged 56–57)|
San Francisco, California
Born in Ireland, Campbell immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He attended public schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later moved to Galena, Illinois, and engaged in mining.
Campbell served as the Illinois Secretary of State from 1843 until his resignation in 1846. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1847. He was elected as a Democrat to the 32nd Congress in 1850, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852.
He was a delegate at the 1852 Democratic National Convention and was appointed United States land commissioner for California by President Pierce in 1853 and served until he resigned in 1855. At the 1860 Democratic National Convention, he served as a delegate in Charleston, North Carolina and became an elector at large on the Breckinridge ticket.
He died in San Francisco, California on December 6, 1868, and is interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Thompson Campbell (id: C000102)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Illinois Secretary of State
Horace S. Cooley
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Edward D. Baker
United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Illinois
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