William W. Campbell (June 10, 1806 - September 7, 1881) was an author, historian and
a United States Representative from New York. He was born in Cherry Valley in Otsego County, New York, the son of James S.
Campbell and grandson of American Revolutionary War officer, Colonel Samuel
Campbell, who was the son of the 18th century Scottish immigrant James Campbell.
He attended the common schools, and graduated from Union College in Schenectady,
New York, in 1827. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced
practice in New York City. He was appointed master in chancery in 1841 and was
commissioner in bankruptcy. He was elected as a candidate of the American Party
to the Twenty-ninth United States Congress (March 4, 1845 to March 3, 1847). He
was not a candidate for renomination in 1846. He was a justice of the superior
court of New York City from 1849 to 1855, and returned to Cherry Valley in
December 1855. He was a judge of the supreme court for the sixth district of New
York from 1857 to 1865. He was an author and engaged in historical work. He died in Cherry Valley, and was interred in Cherry Valley Cemetery.