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