Thomas Mitchell Campbell, born in Rusk, the seat of Cherokee County, became Texas' 24th governor on January 15, 1907.
As a young man, Campbell financed his education by working for the county clerk in Longview. In 1878 he was admitted to the Bar and opened his law practice in Longview. Campbell moved to Palestine in 1892 after he was named receiver for the International & Great Northern Railroad. He was general manager of the line 1892-97.
In 1905, without prior political experience, Campbell announced his candidacy for governor. He received the Democratic nomination despite strong opposition at the party's 1906 convention. Rallying supporters with the rousing march tune, "The Campbells Are Coming," he won the election by a large margin and became Texas' second native-born governor.
In 1908 he was elected to a second term. His administration was marked by strong anti-trust legislation, a pure food law, and prison reform. When his term expired in 1911, Gov. Campbell returned to a banking and law career in Palestine. He died in Galveston and was buried in Palestine's East Hill Cemetery.