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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (C)
Cameron, Daniel


(1828-1879) He was born in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, April 13, 1828, and was a descendent of the Camerons who lost at Culloden in 1746. His father was a publisher. Daniel Cameron came to America in 1851 with his entire family and settled near Wheeling in Cook County near Chicago. In 1853, he moved to Chicago and was associated with several newspapers. He joined in a partnership with Cyrus Hall McCormick to publish the Herald and later the Times, both conservative democratic newspapers. He was a close personal friend of Stephen Douglas and upon the death of Mr. Douglas entered the Army. He raised the 65th Illinois Infantry known as the "Scotch Regiment" and was composed exclusively of men from Chicago and Cook County. "The Glengarry Guards," a private military and marching unit of Scots, comprised Company "H" of the Sixty Fifth. He was the commander of Camp Douglas from early spring of 1862 until June of the same year. He was then ordered to join the Army of the Potomac and the defense of Washington. During the Atlanta campaign, he commanded his old brigade having received a commission as brigadier-general. At the close of that campaign he retired from active service. He then became involved in politics and supported Horace Greeley for president. In 1870, he was delegate to the Constitutional Convention for Illinois. He later retired to his farm, seventeen miles northwest of Chicago where he died April 24, 1879 at the age of fifty. He is buried in Oakridge Cemetery, Northfield. He was married to Mary Ann Ward of Berwich-Upon-Tweed, in 1850. They had a family of twelve children. He was president of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society in 1862, the same year he commanded Camp Douglas. He was President of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society in 1877 and 1878.

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