Justice, United States Supreme Court 1853-1861
Artist: Maurice Siegler
Donor: Harold Hirsch & Harrison Jones
John A. Campbell was born in Washington, Georgia, June 24, 1811. He graduated from The University of Georgia in 1826 and was admitted to the bar before his twenty-first birthday. Later he settled in Montgomery, Alabama, where he practiced until he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1853 by President Pierce.
With the outbreak of the War Between the States, Campbell resigned from the bench and was appointed Assistant Secretary of War for the Confederate States. At the close of the war he was arrested as a state prisoner and incarcerated at Fort Pulaski, but was soon set free and resumed his practice in New Orleans.
He died in Baltimore, March 12, 1889.