Campbell, Thomas J.

Born: 1786-XX-XX Rhea County, Tennessee

Died: 1850-04-13 Washington, D.C.

Campbell received his education in Rhea County public schools. During the War of 1812, he served as assistant inspector general in a unit of the East Tennessee Militia during Andrew Jackson's campaign against the Creek Indians. After the war, Campbell was clerk of the Tennessee House of Representatives, 1817-1819, 1821, and 1825-31. From 1833 to 1837, he was a member of the Tennessee House. In 1840, Tennessee voters elected Campbell as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in that body from 1841 to 1843, failing in his bid for a second term in 1842. In December 1847, he became clerk of the U.S. House, a position he held until his death.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-2005 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2005), 778.