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Biography of John Percy Campbell

JOHN PERCY CAMPBELL. The subject of this sketch is a son of Samuel P. Campbell, a native of North Carolina, who removed to middle Tennessee when quite a young man and resided there until 1868, when he removed to Stoddard County, Missouri; from there he moved to Ripley County in 1871. He served as corporal in Company C, Sixth Tennessee Cavalry, in the Union Army, during the late war. He is still hale and hearty, though having reached his threescore years and ten, and resides with his good wife near Gatewood, Missouri, where they are surrounded by a large circle of admiring friends. They are both consistent members of the Christian Church. John P., the youngest of nine children, was born in Hardin County, Tennessee, on the 28th day of July, 1866, and has therefore just passed his twenty-eighth birthday. He was educated in the common schools of the county and a grammar school at Warm Springs, Arkansas, where he displayed an aptitude far beyond his years. He began teaching at the age of sixteen, and achieved marked success as a teacher. After three years as a pedagogue he took a position as “devil” in the office of the Doniphan Prospect, where he remained until that paper and the Current River News were consolidated. He then accepted a position as salesman in the grocery store of H. H. Hart, of Doniphan. He afterward served other firms as salesman until August, 1887, when he accepted a deputyship in the office of the county clerk, which position he held for three and a half years, when he resigned that position to...

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