Biography of William S. Campbell

William Sternberg Campbell, son of Archibald Dougall and Catharine (Stern berg) Campbell, who came from the United States at the close of the Revolution, and settled in the County of Glengarry, where the father of our subject lived until 1818, when he came westward to the County of Kent, where he had drawn land on account of the loyalty of his mother, afterwards moving to Hamilton. In 1838 Archibald Campbell settled in the town ship of Brantford, on a farm of 170 acres, four miles from the present city of Brantford, where William was born, February 2.5, 1840. His mother was from the State of New York.
He received an ordinary English education; was reared on his father’s farm, which the son still owns, and has it in a fine state of cultivation, with a good orchard, and well stocked, including thoroughbred cattle &c., and having first-class barns and other buildings.

In 1857 he had the typhoid fever, which settled in his left leg, which had to be amputated in 1863; for some time he tried fire insurance and other business of a more sedentary nature, but such habits did not agree with him, and he continued farming.
Mr. Campbell has been a school trustee of the township of Brantford for the last fifteen years or more, and has been councilman, deputy-reeve, reeve and warden, serving in all in the township and county councils at least ten years, resigning in 1875 to accept the Treasuryship of the county. He is also Treasurer of the Municipality of the township of Brantford; Treasurer of South Brant Agricultural Society, and is one of those faithful and trustworthy men, in whom the citizens of the county have unlimited confidence. He has always proved himself true to every trust, and a very useful citizen.
Mr. Campbell is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; has passed all the chairs, and represented his lodge for a number of years in the Grand Lodge of Ontario.

September 18, 1871, he married Miss Mary Ellen Hawley, of Brantford township, and they have four children living and have buried one son four years of age.

MLA Source Citation:

The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men, Ontario, Volume 1. Toronto: Toronto American Biographical Pub. Co. 1880. Web. 30 January 2015. - Last updated on Aug 6th, 2012


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