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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

James W. Campgell Biography

James W. Campgell died at his residence near Pine Grove Mills, in Centre County, on the night of Dec. 29, 1878, at the age of sixty-four years and eleven months.

Mr. Campbell was born in Centre County, Pa., his father, John Campbell, coming into the county with the first settlers. While he was but a lad his mother died, leaving him to depend on his father for his early education and moral training. He taught successfully trigonometry, surveying, and other higher branches.

When he was eighteen years of age he began teaching, spending his winters in the schoolroom and the summers on the farm working for his father.

Though stern, and sometimes even rigid in his discipline, yet he was kind and generous, always showing a warm sympathy for those of his pupils who seemed to have but few friends, and to be less fortunate than their school-fellows.

At the age of twenty-five years he married Mary Pennington, of Penn's valley. With the aid of his noble Christian wife he brought up nine children, all of whom lived to be men and women.

The oldest, John, was killed in the army. Henry, present commissioner of Centre County, was also in the army. Eight of them are now living, and by his indefatigable energy and industry he has given them all a fair education, two of them collegiate courses, one of whom is a lawyer and the other a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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