Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell

Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell (HM2DQV)

Location: Palestine, TX 75801 Anderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 45.913', W 95° 37.587'

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(April 22, 1856 - April 1, 1923)

Born near Rusk in Cherokee County, Thomas Mitchell Campbell was the son of Thomas Duncan and Rachel (Moore) Campbell. He financed his education by working for the County Clerk in Longview. In 1878 Campbell was admitted to the Bar and opened his law practice in Longview. He married Fannie Bruner the same year. Campbell moved to Palestine in 1891 after he was named receiver for the International & Great Northern Railroad. He was General Manager of the line 1892-97.

In 1905, without prior political experience, Campbell announced as a candidate for Governor. He received the Democratic nomination despite strong opposition at the party's 1906 convention. Rallying supporters with the rousing march tune, "The Campbells Are Coming," he won the election by a large margin and became Texas' second native-born Governor. The first was Campbell's boyhood friend, Gov. James S. Hogg (1851-1906). In 1908 Gov. Campbell was elected to a second term. His administration was marked by strong anti-trust legislation, a pure food law, and prison reform.

When his term expired, Gov. Campbell returned to a banking and law career in Palestine. In 1916 he ran for the United States Senate but lost. He died in Galveston and was buried in Palestine's East Hill Cemetery.
Year Placed1976
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 251248 N 3517414
Decimal Degrees31.76521667, -95.62645000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 45.913', W 95° 37.587'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 45' 54.78" N, 95° 37' 35.22" W
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Area Code(s)903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 N Church St, Palestine TX 75801, US
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