Campbell, David B.

b. in Sommersville, New Jersey; d. April 1, 1855, in Springfield, Illinois. Campbell was the brother of Antrim Campbell. Campbell came to Springfield in 1838 and began the practice of law. In 1839, Campbell, a Democrat, was elected by the state legislature to the office of state's attorney over his Whig opponent, David Davis. He was a "noted fiddler," who carried his violin with him when traveling the Eighth Judicial Circuit. He served as state's attorney from 1848 until his death.
History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, Illinois: E.A. Wilson & Co., 1876), 170; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1881), 92; John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899), 1:174.