FLGenWeb Digital Library and Archives  

Biographies

CAMPBELL, Hon. Alexander R.

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II, page 50, 1923

Alexander and  wife
CAMPBELL, Hon. ALEXANDER R. During a period of thirty-five years Hon.
ALEXANDER R. CAMPBELL, of DeFuniak Springs, has been before the people of his
community in one or another public capacity, and as the incumbent of various
public positions has discharged competently every trust reposed in him. Since
1917 he has occupied the position of county judge of Walton County, and in
caring for the duties and responsibilities of this office has established a
splendid record for fairness, dignity and firmness.

Judge CAMPBELL was born November 17, 1855, on a farm in Walton County,
and is a son of NEIL P. and NANCY (RAY) CAMPBELL. His great-grandfather on
the paternal side, a native of Scotland, immigrated to the United Sates in
young manhood and first settled in North Carolina, whence he came with his son
to Florida. ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, the paternal grandfather of Judge CAMPBELL,
was born in North Carolina, and about 1830 moved to Florida, locating at the
old Scotch settlement, at Knoxhill and Eucheeana, the latter-named place
having been the old county seat of Walton County, where the Scotch clans of
the early days congregated. ALEXANDER CAMPBELL married NANCY McPHERSON, who
was born in North Carolina and came to Florida about 1832.

NEIL P. CAMPBELL was born in North Carolina and was a child when brought
to Florida, where he engaged in farming and stock raising. He also served as
sheriff of Walton County, and at the outbreak of the war between the states
occupied the position of postmaster. He resigned his office and enlisted in
the confederate army as a cavalryman, with the rank of sergeant, being later
promoted to lieutenant. He had a splendid war record, and at the close of his
service returned to Walton County, where he resumed his farming and stock
raising operations, in which he continued to be engaged during the remainder
of his life. Mr. CAMPBELL married Miss NANCY RAY, who was born in Florida, a
daughter of JOHN P. and FLORA (GUNN) RAY. JOHN P. RAY was born in North
Carolina, and after his marriage moved to Florida and located in the old
Scotch settlement. His wife’s parents were natives of Scotland, who on their
immigration to the United States settled in North Carolina.

Like other farmers’ sons of his day and locality, ALEXANDER R. CAMPBELL
passed his boyhood and youth in alternately attending the district schools
during the winter terms and helping his father during the summer months on the
farm, continuing thus until he was twenty-six years of age, when he secured
his certificate and began teaching school. After five years as an educator he
transferred his activities to farming on his own account, and he was thus
employed for ten years, during which time he also operated a sawmill and did
logging. About 1898 he was appointed supervisor of registration for Walton
County and held that position for six years. He was then elected town clerk
of DeFuniak Springs, a position which he held for five years, and during this
time was also elected clerk of the Criminal Court of Walton county and for
some time occupied both positions and discharged their duties efficiently.
After holding the position of clerk of the Criminal Court for two years, he
was elected justice of the peace for the Eighth District and held that office
until 1916, when he was appointed county judge of Walton County to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of Judge W. E. PARISH. In the fall of the same
year he was elected to this office, for a term of four years, starting January
1, 1917, and in the fall of 1920 was reelected to succeed himself, his term
expiring January 1, 1925. He has displayed judicial ability of the highest
order and has established an excellent reputation. Judge CAMPBELL is a
staunch democrat. As a fraternalist he holds membership in the local lodges
of the Masons, Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World. His religious faith is
that of the Presbyterian Church.

On November 4, 1880, Judge CAMPBELL was united in marriage at Knoxhill,
Walton County, to Miss NANNIE GILLIS, daughter of JOHN and CHRISTINA
(McINTOSH) GILLIS, the former of whom was born in Scotland and settled in
North Carolina, where he followed farming and was an elder in the Presbyterian
Church. Eight children have been born to Judge and Mrs. CAMPBELL, of whom
four are living: FLORA EUNICE, who married H. F. POWELL, of Crestview,
Florida, and has four sons and one daughter; ADA REBECCA, who is unmarried and
resides with her parents, formerly for several years a teacher in the rural
districts of Walton County, and now clerk in the post office at DeFuniak
Springs; LOUISE CHRISTINA, who is the wife of O. M. COX, of Quincy, Florida;
and HENRY ALEXANDER, a pharmacist at DeFuniak Springs.
Presented by  Nancy Rayburn

Return to Archives        Walton Archives        

This page created August 26, 2010
 © 2010 Fran Smith