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Hell on Wheels season 4. The real John Campbell, first Governor of the Wyoming Territory

Hell on Wheels season 4. The real John Campbell, first Governor of the Wyoming Territory
Isabel del Rio

Hell on Wheels season 4. Actor Jake Weber plays the role as Governor John Campbell, enemy of Mr Durant because he was also the overseer of the Union Pacific railroad. And Mr Durant (actor Colm Meaney) dislikes to be in control.

Hell on Wheels season 4. The real John Campbell, first Governor of the Wyoming Territory

Hell on Wheels season 4. Actor Jake Weber plays the role as Governor John Campbell

In Hell on Wheels season 4, Governor John Campbell is sadistic, corrupt, and unfair. However, the real John Allen Campbell (October 8, 1835 – July 14, 1880) was a little different.

In fact, he was a smart person, who even served as a publicity writer, and what is more important, John Allen Campbell approved the first law in United States history explicitly granting women the right to vote. For sure in Hell on Wheels season 4, Eva (astress Robin McLeavy) and Ruth (Kasha Kropinski) would be happy! Anyway, this important law was approved on December 10, 1869 and precisely, this day is commemorated as Wyoming Day.

Hell on Wheels season 4. The real John Campbell, first Governor of the Wyoming Territory

Hell on Wheels season 4. Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and Ruth (actress Kasha Kropinski)

Real John Campbell was born in Salem, Ohio, where he attended public school. In 1861, he joined the Union Army in the Civil War, and successfully served as adjutant general on Major General John M. Schofield staff. He advanced from lieutenant to brevet brigadier general.

In 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him Governor of Wyoming Territory. Wyoming Territory (the same as in Hell on Wheels season 4 TV show) was without any law or order. He organized the government, opened courts, and set about establishing law and order. His labor was excellent and was reelected in 1873.

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Hell on Wheels season 4. The real John Campbell, first Governor of the Wyoming Territory

Hell on Wheels season 4. The real John Campbell, first Governor of the Wyoming Territory

The real John Campbell Campbell was a member of the Republican Party. In 1875, Campbell served as Third Assistant Secretary of State under Hamilton Fish. And in 1877, he was appointed American Consul at Basel, Switzerland.

He died on July 14, 1880, and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Campbell County, Wyoming, is named after him.

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AMC Hell on Wheels website: http://www.amctv.com/shows/hell-on-wheels

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