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Transcribed biography of Marvin Campbell

Marvin Campbell, the eldest son of Samuel A. and Harriet (Cornell) Campbell, was born in Valparaiso, Ind., March 13, 1849, His parents located in Porter county, Ind., in 1834, where they now reside. His father is a native of the State of New York, and his mother of Ohio. The subject of this sketch received his education at the Valparaiso College, and at the age of 20 he was placed in charge of the mathematical and scientific department of the Valparaiso high school, which position he held for one year. He then came to this city and taught mathematics and the sciences in the high school in this place for two years. He then resigned and entered into partnership with Mr. Cole, under the firm name of Cole & Campbell, and engaged in the hardware trade. In 1874 he purchased the interests of Mr. Cole in the business, and purchased the building he now occupies, Nos. 15, 17 and 19, Market St., and has increased the business from time to time. He now has without doubt, the largest retail hardware store and tinware manufactory in the State. He also has a large wholesale trade. He employs 12 hands and carries a stock of not less than $25,000. Mr. Campbell has also become popularly known in the lecture field. His lecture on "The Relation of the Bible to the State," has been highly spoken of by the press and clergy of Indiana. He has also taken an active part in the political affairs of the country, and his voice is often heard in defense of the principles of the party to which he belongs. He has been a life-long Republican, and is one of the leaders of that party in this county. He was married in this city May 27, 1874, to Lillie A. Brownfield, daughter of John and Lydia A. Brownfield. She was born in this county in 1852. Her father, John Brownfield, is one of the early settlers and leading men of South Bend. They have 2 children, John B. and Harriet. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the M. E. Church in this city.

Source: Charles C. Chapman & Company. 1880. History of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Charles C. Chapman & Company. 971 p.
Page(s) in Source: 904

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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