Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


No other county in California is better represented at the bar or on the bench, than is Monterey, in which such scholarly, experienced and high-minded lawyers as Argyle Campbell, of Monterey, have attained to well deserved eminence. He was born at San Jose December 2, 1892, the son of James Havelock and Mary (Faulkner) Campbell, the father being one of the leading jurists of San Jose. He was a native of Andover, Massachusetts, but was brought by his parents to California at the tender age of three years. He served for five terms as district attorney of Santa Clara county and was the dean of the Institute of Law of the Santa Clara University. He died in the fall of 1923, and his wife has also passed away.

Argyle Campbell attended the public schools for a time and then was sent to the Mt. Tamalpais Military School, after which he matriculated at the Santa Clara University, remaining there during his sophomore year. He next entered Northwestern University, but left that institution during his senior year because of the failing health of his mother, in order to be near her. In course of time, he took the bar examination, and being admitted to practice opened an office in San Jose, but he gave up the chance to advance in his profession in order to enter the Officers Training Camp during the World war and was commissioned and made instructor of military law there. He was recommended for a commission of colonel, but as he desired to get across he took the commission of first lieutenant. He was then made an instructor at Santa Clara University and was also at the Presidio, San Francisco, and at Fort Mason. He had charge of the troops during the strike at the shipyards in Oakland.

After receiving his discharge, Mr. Campbell took a vacation. Recalling the charm of this section of the state from his student days, he chose Monterey as the field of his future professional activity. Nor could he have done better, for its citizens like Argyle Campbell quite as well as he likes their historic peninsula. He was chief deputy district attorney under Congressman Fell when the latter was district attorney of San Jose, and is now attorney for the city of Carmel. He belongs to the American Legion, and in national political affairs is an independent democrat.

Mr. Campbell married Miss Mabel Phelps, a native of Wisconsin, who was reared in California and they have two sons: Gordon and John Douglas. While a student, Mr. Campbell belonged to the Phi Kappa Psi, the Phi Alpha Delta, and the Theta Nu Epsilon fraternities, and he always took an active part in college athletics, being on the baseball, running and fencing teams.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.