David Campbell Deposition
The David Campbell Deposition, dated August 8, 1798, contains the summary of an August 11, 1790 case heard by Campbell as a judge of the Superior Court for the Washington District of the State of Tennessee. The case involves the repayment of a debt, and the deposition notes the testimony of John [Carwood?].
- 1798 August 8
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The David Campbell Deposition, dated August 8, 1798, contains the summary of an August 11, 1790, case heard by Campbell as a judge of the Superior Court for the Washington District of the State of Tennessee.
Born in Virginia in 1750, David Campbell joined the Continental Army in 1776 and rose to the rank of major. Prior to 1783, he moved to Greene County, Tenn., where he became involved in the State of Franklin movement. He was named chief judge of the State of Franklin and served as a member of the Council of State. In 1792, Campbell served on a national government-sponsored commission to run and mark the line between white settlers and the Cherokee Indians. In the first legislature of Tennessee, Campbell was defeated by William Cocke for a senate seat. He was then elected to the Superior Court, a position he held until 1809 when he was defeated by James Trimble. His time with the Superior Court was marked by an unsuccessful 1803 attempt to impeach him for misconduct in office. Nominated to a federal judgeship in the Mississippi Territory in March 1811, bad health prevented him from serving in this position. Campbell died in 1812 at his home near Lenoir City, Tenn.
Collection consists of a single folder.
This collection was purchased by Special Collections in October 2000.