Ben Campbell Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection appears to be created by a relative of Ben Campbell. It contains correspondence and letters, pamphlets and programs, memorials, mayoral addresses, photographs, and several folders of newsclippings. Also included is an account book which is believed to be of Ben Campbell’s father and a newsclipping scrapbook.
- Date Not Yet Determined
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Ben Campbell Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Ben Campbell, a Houston lawyer and judge, served as mayor of the city from 1913-1917. Campbell’s father, physician Farquahard Campbell, moved the family from Alabama to Waverly, Texas in 1860. Campbell first practiced law in Huntsville in 1882 with Thomas B. Ball. In 1893, he moved to Houston, practicing law with J.C. Hutcheson Sr. and W.G. Sears. Later, he became partners with John H. Freeman, and Sewall and Sterling Myer.
During his mayoral administration, the Port of Houston was completed with a combination of local and federal funds. Campbell ran as a Progressive reformer promising Houston citizens better public services and an honest, more efficient government. Houston became the first city in the South to distribute free textbooks to school children under his administration.
2.5 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
There are no series. Arrangement is by box and folder.
Processed by Abra Schnur, October 2017
- Campbell, Ben, 1858-1942
- Mayors -- Texas -- Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Municipal government Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Municipal officials and employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Port of Houston Authority Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ben Campbell Collection
- Abra Schnur
- November 2017
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Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository