(May 5, 1812 – February 20, 1885) was a Canadian
lawyer and politician and a member of the Anti-Confederation Party
Born in Jamaica
, he studied law in England
and completed his legal training in Halifax, Nova Scotia
, studying with William Young
. He practiced law in Halifax and then,some time before 1842, moved to Guysborough
, where he also served as a surrogate judge. Campbell represented Guysborough County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
from 1851 to 1867. He was speaker for the assembly from 1856 to 1863. From 1863 to 1865, Campbell served on a commission to consolidate the statutes for Nova Scotia. On September 20, 1867, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons
as the first member to represent the riding of Guysborough
. He was re-elected for a second term on October 12, 1872, but was defeated in an election on January 22, 1874.
Having been opposed to Nova Scotia's entry into the Confederation of Canada
in 1860s debates, he remained a member of the Anti-Confederation Party
through his first year in office, which was in favor of reversing the decision to join the Confederation. In September 1868 he joined the Liberal-Conservative Party when the Anti-Confederation Party began to collapse. Spending his last years as a court county judge, he died on February 20, 1885.