Samuel Robert Campbell

Submitted by Nancy Hauser


SAMUEL ROBERT CAMPBELL, son of Samuel Campbell, was born May 27, 1838, in the Village of New York Mills, Oneida County, where he still resides. He received an excellent education, and at the age of eighteen entered the works of the New York Mills to familiarize himself with the various operations in the manufacture of textile fabrics, including the machinists' trade. After becoming thoroughly familiar with the construction and operation of cotton machinery he was successively placed in charge of the different departments of the work, and in 1860 was appointed    Superintendent of the middle group of mills, now known as Mill No.2, subsequently exercising an oversight of operations at Mill No.1. 
    In 1865, desiring to reap the advantages of foreign travel and a knowledge of modern languages, he went to Europe, where for nearly four years he traveled extensively and at the same time studied and became familiar with languages spoken on the continent. He was for a time in the consular service of the United States in France. Upon his return home he resumed his active connection with the business, and in 1884 became a partner, which relation continued until the incorporation of the New York Mills.
    Upon the death of his father in 1885 he was elected the New York Treasurer of the New Mills and still continues in that office.
    In 1896 a new business was established under the corporate name of tile Walcott & Campbell Spinning Company, of
which Mr. Campbell is President. In 1898 t he New York Mills became interested financially and otherwise in a new mill, including the village and all its accessories, called the Aragon Mills of Aragon, Georgia, of which he is Treasurer.  Mr. Campbell is also a director of the First National Bank of Utica, the leading institution of its kind in Central New York.
    Mr. Campbell has several children, the eldest of whom, John P. Campbell, is Superintendent of Mills No.1 and No. 2,
and manager of the Walcott & Campbell Spinning Company and of the Aragon Mills. Since Mr. Campbell's return from Europe he has devoted himself almost exclusively to the business interests with which he is connected, repeatedly declining to accept political office. He has always taken a deep interest in the welfare and advancement of the community and in every respect has carried out the work originated by his honored father.

Source: 'The Empire State in Three Centuries' Volume 3 Century History Company