John A. Campbell

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John A. Campbell
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: March 23, 1853 – April 30, 1861
Nominator Franklin Pierce
Predecessor John McKinley
Successor David Davis
Party Democrat
Religion Episcopalian

John Archibald Campbell (June 24, 1811 – March 12, 1889) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Campbell was nominated to the Court after the sitting justices sent an unprecedented request to Franklin Pierce requesting him.[1] Campbell was a states-rights advocate, but opposed secession in the Civil War-era, however he did side with the majority of justices in Dred Scott v. Sanford, which held that African Americans could not be citizens of the United States. Campbell resigned from the Court after Alabama seceded and Civil War broke out.[1][2] After the Civil War, he would argue many cases in front of the Court - as a lawyer.


  1. 1.0 1.1 John A. Campbell (English). Oyez. Chicago-Kent School of Law.
  2. John Archibald Campbell (English). law.jrank.