University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Blair Campbell Papers, 1849-1859, 1896, 1917-1919, 1930-1934



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Campbell, Robert Blair
Title: Campbell, Robert Blair Papers
Dates: 1849-1859, 1896, 1917-1919, 1930-1934
Abstract: Correspondence, biographical notes, newspaper clippings, and speech concern the career of Campbell (d. 1862), soldier and diplomat. Papers relate to Campbell’s career as U.S. consul in Cuba (1842-1850), as Indian commissioner (1850-1853), and as U.S.-Mexican boundary commissioner (1853).
Extent: 23 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Robert Blair Campbell (?-1862) was a South Carolina and Alabama state representative, diplomat, soldier, and commissioner, born in South Carolina. Campbell was engaged in agricultural pursuits and was commissioned captain in the South Carolina Militia in 1814. He served in the South Carolina state senate, 1821-1823, as a Jackson Republican in the 18th U.S. Congress (1823–1825), and again in the South Carolina state senate, 1830-1834. Campbell served as Nullifier to the 23rd U.S. Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Thomas B. Singleton, and was re-elected to the same position in the 24th U.S. Congress, 1834-1837. In 1837, his brother and fellow Congressman John Campbell succeeded him as Nullifier. During the nullification movement, he was commissioned general of South Carolina troops in 1833.

Around 1840, Campbell moved to Lowndes County, Alabama, to serve as a member of the Alabama state house of representatives. He was U.S. consul at Havana, Cuba, 1842-1850. He next moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he served as a U.S. commissioner to aid in settlement of the disputed Texas-Mexico boundary line. Campbell then served as U.S. consul at London, England, 1854- 1861. He moved to Ealing, London, England, where he died July 12, 1862.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. “Campbell, Robert Blair.” Library of Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000098 (accessed June 11, 2010).

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. “Campbell, John.” Library of Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000098 (accessed June 11, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, biographical notes, news clippings, and a speech comprise the Robert Blair Campbell papers, which relate to Campbell’s career as U.S. consul in Cuba (1842-1850), as Indian commissioner (1850-1853), and as U.S.-Mexican boundary commissioner (1853).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Campbell, Robert Blair--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Consulate (Havana, Cuba)
Subjects
Genealogy.
Indians--Government relations.
International relations.
Places
Havana (Cuba)
Washington (D.C.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
South Carolina
Alabama
Ealing (London, England)
Texas--Boundaries--Mexico

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Blair Campbell Papers, 1849-1859, 1896, 1917-1919, 1930-1934, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2B177 Correspondence, April 1849-December 1934 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1917 and undated
Sketches of Old Marlboro by D. D. McColl, undated
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3S167 Certificate naming Campbell boundary commissioner, 1853