Ben Campbell (Houston mayor)
Benjamin Campbell (July 27, 1858 – March 19, 1952) was an attorney and a mayor of Houston, Texas.
|Mayor of Houston|
|Preceded by||Horace Baldwin Rice|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Jay Pastoriza|
|Born||July 27, 1858|
Marengo County, Alabama
|Died||March 19, 1952|
|Residence||Huntsville, Texas; Houston|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Collier, Jo (August 8, 2017). "Campbell, Benjamin". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
- Sibley (1968), pp. 143–145.
Sibley, Marilyn McAdams (1968). The Port of Houston. Austin: Texas University Press.
Horace Baldwin Rice
| Mayor of Houston, Texas
Joseph Jay Pastoriza