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William W. Campbell (June 10, 1806 – September 7, 1881) was an American author, historian, lawyer and politician from New York.


William W. Campbell was born in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York. He was the son of Judge James S. Campbell, and grandson of American Revolutionary War Colonel Samuel Campbell and Jane Campbell. [1] He attended the common schools, and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1827. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced practice in New York City. He was appointed a master in chancery in 1841 and was a commissioner in bankruptcy.

He was elected as a candidate of the American Party to the 29th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1845, to March 3, 1847.

He was a justice of the Superior Court of New York City from 1849 to 1855. He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1857 to 1865, and ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1865.

He was a member from Otsego County of the New York State Assembly in 1869.

He was an author and engaged in historical work. His works include:

He died in Cherry Valley, and was buried at the Cherry Valley Cemetery.

New York State Surveyor General William Campbell was his uncle.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hamilton Fish
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

1845 - 1847
Succeeded by
David S. Jackson


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