James H. Campbell, the present district attorney of Santa Clara county, California, was born on the 27th of February, 1850, at Andover, Massachusetts, and received his elementary education in the public schools of Massachusetts and California, later becoming a student in St. Ignatius College, San Francisco, and this was supplemented by a course in the Santa Clara College, graduating in the last-named institution in 1872, with the degree of A. B. After receiving the Master of Arts degree in the same college he began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1874, contemporaneous with the admission of Governor James H. Budd, ex-Senator Stephen M. White, Jackson Hatch and other notable lawyers. In August, 1874, Mr. Campbell came to San Jose and was appointed assistant district attorney under Thomas Bodley, with whom he formed a law partnership at the expiration of their term of office, and in 1879 Mr. Campbell was elected to the office of district attorney, in which he served for two terms. On two occasions he was also nominated for the office of superior judge, but owing to business engagements he was obliged to decline the nomination. In 1898 and again in 1902 he was elected the district attorney of Santa Clara county. Professional eminence is an indication of individual merit, for in professional life advancement comes only as the reward of earnest, persistent labor and life advancement comes only as the reward of earnest, persistent labor and the exercise of natural talents, and is therefore the fitting reward of labor. For a member of years past Mr. Campbell has been accorded a prominent position at the California bar, and his professional career is an honor to the district which so honored him.

In 1878 Mr. Campbell was united in marriage to Mary Faulkner, a native of Boston and a daughter of John F. and Anne Faulkner, early and well known residents of Santa Clara county. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are Argyll, Maude and Irene, the eldest of whom is attending the law department of Northwestern University at Chicago, Illinois. In his fraternal relations Mr. Campbell is a member of the Y. M. I. and the Order of Elks. His political support is given to the Democracy, having always taken an active interest in local and state politics, but largely in a non-partisan way.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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