Thomas Campbell

1763-1854. One of the founders of the Disciples of Christ. A Scots-Irishman, he was a minister in the Secession church that had broken away from the Church of Scotland. The lack of unity in the seceding body led Campbell to become an enemy of Sectarianism. In 1807 he emigrated to Pennsylvania, where he established a Christian association for people from various professions. Since it seemed a new denomination would grow from this experiment, he tried unsuccessfully to merge with the Baptists. Later these Campbellites did join with a similar group organized by B.W. Stone.* Campbell was a popular preacher who moved constantly and usually made his livelihood by teaching school. Becoming blind in later life, he resided with his son Alexander* at Bethany, West Virginia. Alexander wrote The Memoir of Elder Thomas Campbell (1861).