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Donald Campbell
Full Name: Don "Don" Campbell
Date of birth: March 25, 1830
Date of death: November 6, 1871

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 8 Feb 8, 1870 - Nov 6, 1871 12th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Radical Republican Jefferson / Marion Senate President Pro Tempore (12th)   Bowie, Cass, Marion
(1) 12th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/27/1870, 1st C.S., due to the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor; Regular Session; and Adjourned Session. Senate Journal.
(2) "[James] Flanagan's successor, Donald Campbell, 'President of the Senate for the time being,' was elected October 27, 1870 [sic], died November 6, 1871 and was succeeded by Webster Flanagan, elected November 13, 1871." Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) [James] Flanagan presided as President of the Senate in Provisional Session and was elected U.S. Senator, vacating his state office. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 6-year term. Senate Journal.
(5) Name listed Don Campbell in the provisional session. Senate Journal.
(6) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Forty-fifth Day, 11/7/1871, report of the death of Lieutenant Governor Don Campbell, committee to arrange funeral, remains brought into Senate chamber; Forty-sixth Day, 11/9/1871, funeral rites to be performed by Masonic fraternity; Forty-seventh Day, 11/10/1871, resolutions on the death of President Campbell; pp. 260-263. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • CAMPBELL, DONALD (1830-1871). Death date 11/8/1871. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch of Donald Campbell, p. 91. "Campbell died in office on November 6, 1871, and was succeeded as president pro tempore on November 13 by none other than Webster Flanagan." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • J.W. Flanagan elected lieutenant governor 11/30/1869. However, the "legislature was organized February 10, 1870, with Ira H. Evans as Speaker of the House, and Donald Campbell as President of the Senate," p. 185-187. Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685 to 1897, 1986.
  • Obituary, 11/8/1871, p. 2. "Don Campbell died this morning at four o'clock, of typhoid fever. . ."; Account of Don Campbell's funeral in the Capitol, 11/10/1871, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
  • "Early politico backed Union, battled Klan," by Van Craddock, 1/8/2005. Longview News-Journal.
  • "After the Senate chose Lieutenant Governor James W. Flanagan to represent Texas as a senator in Washington, [Donald] Campbell was elected president pro tempore of the Senate on April 27, 1870, and so became ex officio lieutenant governor of Texas," p. 91. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Webster Flanagan often served as president pro tempore during Don Campbell's illness. On Campbell's death, he was elected president pro tem for the remainder of the Twelfth Legislature, serving ex officio in the office to which his father had been elected. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Campbell, Donald. Death date 11/6/1871 on headstone. Texas State Cemetery.
  • J.W. Flanagan was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1869, but was never inaugurated. His successor, Donald Campbell, served as "acting president of the senate until his death in November of 1871." Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Letter from Marion County Chief Justice Donald Campbell to Governor Elisha Pease on the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Jefferson, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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