Ben Campbell (Houston mayor)

Benjamin Campbell (July 27, 1858 – March 19, 1952) was an attorney and a mayor of Houston, Texas.

Ben Campbell
Mayor of Houston
In office
Preceded byHorace Baldwin Rice
Succeeded byJoseph Jay Pastoriza
In office
Personal details
BornJuly 27, 1858
Marengo County, Alabama
DiedMarch 19, 1952
Spouse(s)Ella Smither
ResidenceHuntsville, Texas; Houston

Early lifeEdit

Benjamin Campbell (1858 – 1952) was born on July 27, 1858 to Farquhar and Gabriella Singleton Campbell in Marengo County, Alabama. He moved with his family to Walker County, Texas around 1859.[1]


Campbell did not attend law school, but served as a legal apprentice in the law offices of Abercrombie & Randolph, a firm based in Huntsville, Texas. The Texas bar accepted him in 1882. He worked for local government, first as the Walker County Attorney and then as prosecutor for the Twelfth Judicial District of Texas. In 1890, he partnered with Thomas Ball to form a new law firm.[1]

Campbell moved to Houston in 1883 and became a partner in the firm of Hutcheson, Campbell & Sears. In 1911, he was the senior partner with the firm Campbell, Myer and Myer.[1]

Campbell advocated for the establishment of city parks including Hermann Park. He implemented reforms for city employees, including limiting hours of work. During his administration, Houston provided free textbooks for school children starting in 1913.[1]

Campbell was mayor of Houston when the deepwater Port of Houston opened on November 10, 1914. Ceremonies took place at the Turning Basin, where lame duck Governor Oscar Colquitt and other Texas dignitaries watched the mayor's daughter christen the newly dredged channel with rose pedals.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Campbell married Ella Smither on December 5, 1883. They had four sons and two daughters: Benjamin, Farquhar, Ella Campbell Myer, Robert, Wilbourn, and Sue Campbell Pillot.[1]

Campbell was active in religious and fraternal organizations. He was a member of Holland Lodge Masons (No. 1), the Arabian Temple (Scottish Rite), the Knights Templar, and the Shriners' Temple. He was engaged with the First Methodist Church in Houston.[1]


Campbell died in Houston on March 19, 1952. He is buried at Glenwood Cemetery (Houston, Texas) in Houston.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Collier, Jo (August 8, 2017). "Campbell, Benjamin". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Sibley (1968), pp. 143–145.


Sibley, Marilyn McAdams (1968). The Port of Houston. Austin: Texas University Press.

Political offices
Preceded by
Horace Baldwin Rice
Mayor of Houston, Texas
Succeeded by
Joseph Jay Pastoriza