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Canadian History
Rev. Thos. Metcalfe Campbell


A minister of the Methodist Church, and now stationed at Goderich, is the eldest son of the late John and Margaret Campbell, of Dundas. He was born November 9th, 1839, in the township of Hawksbury, on the west side of the Ottawa river, midway between Ottawa and Montreal, and brought up in the town of Dundas, which was the home of his family for eighteen years. He belongs to a branch of the house of Argyll, which have with care and pride preserved their record of descent from the first duke of that name, who took a prominent part in the rebellion which placed William of Orange and Mary on the throne. Rev. Mr. Campbell received his early education in the town where he was brought up, and also took a thorough course of training in the Mercantile College of Buffalo, intending to follow a commercial life. But his course was ordered otherwise. At about twenty years of age, in connection with the death of his father, a conviction of duty which had followed him from childhood became deeply intensified, and he promptly sacrificed excellent business engagements and prospects, and entered upon a course of study for the ministry, at Victoria College. He was received as a probationer in 1866, and duly ordained to the ministry in June, 1870, by the late Dr. Punshon, in the old Adelaide street Methodist church, Toronto. His appointments since his ordination have been Dunnville, Ridgeway, Merritton, Windsor, Sarnia and Goderich, in all of which places he had left substantial results of his energy and ability, in largely increased congregations and membership, and improved church property. As a preacher, Rev. Mr. Campbell is clear, logical and fluent, with a strong, commanding voice, and a manner graceful, yet impassioned. His sermons abound in illustrations drawn from observation, history and science, and to these things, as well as to an intense earnestness, the popularity and results of his preaching may be traced. His written and published lectures are prepared with great care, and have been received with much favour, especially before the Guelph conference, held in Owen Sound in June, 1885. Rev. Mr. Campbell is a strong temperance advocate of total abstinence and prohibition. During the last few years he has also taken an active part in the councils of the church to which he belongs. He was a member of the General Conference of the Methodist Church of Canada in 1882, and also a member of the delegated body which framed the discipline of the now united Methodist Church. At the conference of 1885, he was elected to the office of district superintendent, a position for which his administrative ability and inspiring energy eminently fit him. He was married, on June 22nd, 1870, to Martha, youngest daughter of Thomas Williams, Esq., St. Thomas, a graceful and gifted lady whose eminent piety and abundant labour in the church have borne much fruit for Christ. Six children, three boys and three girls, bless their parsonage home.


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