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Archibald W. Campbell

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Archibald W. Campbell (c1862-1927), Dominion Commissioner of Highways

c1862 Born Wardsville, Ontario.

1885 Graduated in engineering.

1891 Became city engineer of St. Thomas, Ontario.

1896 Appointed Good Roads Commissioner for Ontario.

1900 Deputy Minister of Public Works in the Ontario Government.

1910 Appointed Deputy Minister of Railways and Canals, and Chairman of the Railway Managing Board, Ottawa.

1927 May 9th. Died at Ottawa


1927 Obituary[1]

'A message from Canada states that Mr Archibald W. Campbell, Dominion Commissioner of Highways, died suddenly at Ottawa on May 9th from heart failure.

Mr Campbell, who was in the sixty-fifth year of his age, was born at Wardsville, Ont. He graduated in engineering in 1885, and became City Engineer of St. Thomas, Ont., in 1891. He was one of the earliest advocates of the 'Good Roads Movement' and his activity in its promotion made him know as 'Good Roads Campbell'. In the construction of highways he was an expert, and he was appointed Good Roads Commissioner for Ontario as long ago as 1896.

Four years later he became Deputy Minister of Public Works in the Ontario Government, and in 1910 he went to Ottawa, having been appointed as Deputy Minister of Railways and Canals, and Chairman of the Railway Managing Board.

At a later date Mr Campbell became Commissioner of Highways, and had since occupied that position. His reports on roads and streets have become text books in the hands of road makers, and he was regarded as one of the most reliable authorities on the matter in America.


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