David Campbell was born in Cherry Valley, New York on May 3, 1794, and he died in Sandusky, Ohio on July 28, 1861. In 1822, David Campbell issued the first newspaper in Sandusky, called the “Sandusky Clarion.” The “Clarion” was the predecessor of the “Sandusky Register.” (See HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich, for more details about the Press of Erie County.)
David Campbell married Mary Jones Todd in 1817. Mary died in 1855. His second wife was Harriet West, the daughter of Abel and Matilda West.
David Campbell is buried in Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery. On his tombstone are inscribed the words “An Honest Man.”