Hudson County & Bergen County Biographies





ROBERT CAMPBELL DIXON, JR., one of the leading architects of Union Hill and Eastern New Jersey, is of English and Scotch parentage, being the son of Robert and Margaret (Campbell) Dixon and a grandson of Robert Dixon, Sr., and Hannah Lawson. His maternal grandparents were John and Isabel (Anderson) Campbell. His father was born in Nicholforest, Cumberland, England, and his mother in Perthshire, Scotland. Some of his ancestors were prominently engaged in the East India service, others filled important positions of trust, one branch had a representative in the English Parliament in the person of Sir Wilfred Lawson, and others occupied posts in the Church of England. The Dixon and Lawson families have been for generations conspicuous in civil, military, governmental, and professional affairs, contributing to their respective communities a wholesome influence, and achieving for themselves distinction as men of learning and ability.

Mr. Dixon was born in New York City on the 15th of May, 1857. He attended the public schools of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., until he reached the age of about fourteen, and afterward pursued his studies in private schools, developing a naturally strong and brilliant intellect, and laying the foundation for an honorable career. He completed his literary education at Riverview Military Academy and finished with a business course, graduating from Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie. A large part of his early education was intended to fit him for a military career, but he turned his attention to architecture, and in the early part of 1876 entered the office of D. & J. Jardine, architects, of New York City, as a student. He continued with them a little over four years, after which he was for a brief period in the office of J. C. Cady & Co. In 1883, having received important work in competition, Mr. Dixon engaged in business for himself as a practical architect, and has ever since been devoted to his profession, achieving marked success and a notable reputation. He has had an office in New York City for about fourteen years, and many important public and private buildings have been erected from his designs. The town hall, the Palma and Columbia Club houses, public schools, many church edifices, and numerous other principal buildings in Union Hill, N. J., have been built by him. All of these show great artistic taste and practical skill, and represent some of the finest and choicest work in the country.

In political matters Mr. Dixon has been an active and influential leader since about 1884, serving frequently as delegate to local and State Democratic conventions, and being at the present time a member of the Board of Education of Union Hill, of which he was formerly President. He is a member and at times served on important committees of the Columbia Club of Hoboken, and has also been a member of the Palma Club of Jersey City for several years. He was one of the organizers of the New Jersey Society of Architects and has held some of its most important offices. He is also an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Central Democratic Organization, a warden of Grace Episcopal Church of Union Hill, where he resides, and a member of Columbia Lodge, No. 151, Knights of Pythias. He is a public spirited, enterprising citizen, a man of broad and liberal culture, and is and has been prominently identified, with many of the leading charitable organizations.

Mr. Dixon was married September 22, 1886, to Sadie Gardner Morgan, only daughter of James G. Morgan, of Union Hill, N. J.

Source: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor, Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900, pages 136-137.


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