CAMDEN, Johnson Newlon (1828-1908)

CAMDEN, JOHNSON NEWLON, (father of Johnson Newlon Camden, Jr.), a Senator from West Virginia; born in Collins Settlement, Lewis County, Va. (now West Virginia), March 6, 1828; attended school in Sutton, Va. (now West Virginia); appointed as a cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1846 until 1848, when he resigned; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Sutton in 1851; appointed the same year prosecuting attorney for Braxton County; elected prosecuting attorney for Nicholas County in 1852; engaged in the development of petroleum and in manufacturing in Parkersburg, Va. (now West Virginia) in 1858; president of the First National Bank of Parkersburg at its organization in 1862; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1868 and again in 1872; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1887; resumed the practice of law at Parkersburg; again elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John E. Kenna, and served from January 25, 1893, to March 3, 1895; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Railroads (Fifty-third Congress); continued former business pursuits; died in Baltimore, Md., April 25, 1908; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Parkersburg, W.Va.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Charleston, WV
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections and photographs.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: 1845-1908. 51 feet. Correspondence, maps, and business records pertaining to his business career. Finding aid.

  • Summers, Festus Paul. Johnson Newlon Camden: A Study in Individualism. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1937.