--Lord John Campbell
, whose speech we published a few days since, is now about 82 years of age. He was educated at a Scotch university; went to London
in 1800 as a law student, and commenced practice in 1806.
He is the son of a Scotch clergyman, and whilst studying for his profession wrote law reports and theatrical criticisms for the London Chronicle.
He soon acquired practice and married a daughter of Sir James Geariett
In 1830 he was elected to Parliament for the borough of Stafford
In 1834 he was made Attorney General
In 1841 he was made Lord Chancellor of Ireland
In 1841 he was created a Baron.
From that time till 1850 he devoted himself to literary pursuits, and published the Lives of the Lord Chancellors
and Keepers of the Seal, from the earliest time to the reign of George the IV.
It was a great work, in seven volumes.
Following that was the Lives of the Chief Justices
from the Norman Conquest
to the death of Lord Mansfield.
In 1830, on the retirement of Lord Derman, he was made Chief Justice
of the Queen
This brief record shows that this man who grew up from nothing to the highest English judicial position, is no common man. His opinions have vast Influence, not only from his position, but his eminent intellectual sagacity.
A late writer says: ‘"His intellectual powers are very clear and robust; his manners us plain and even plebeian, as to acquire for him the by name of 'plain Jack Campbell
;' and his capacity for labor, always immense, is but slowly imparted by the of years."’