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CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918).

CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918).

Posted: 15 Apr 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 11 Oct 2003 1:21AM GMT
CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918). John Lafayette Camp, Jr., judge, was born on September 23, 1855, in Gilmer, Texas, the son of Mary Ann (Ward) and John Lafayette Camp.qv After graduating from the Gilmer Academy, Texas
Military Instituteqv (San Antonio), and Trinity University he served in the Texas Senate from 1887 to 1891 and then moved to San Antonio, where he established a legal practice. In 1897 Governor Charles Allen Culbersonqv
appointed Camp judge of the Forty-fifth District Court. He continued to be reelected for seventeen years, usually without opposition. Among his most notable decisions was that which enabled the preservation of the Alamo chapel. "Care and custody" of the shrine had been granted to the Daughters of the Republic of Texasqv by a state law of 1905. In 1912, however, the state legislature, at the prompting of Governor Oscar Branch Colquitt,qv
appropriated $5,000 to "improve" the Alamo. Colquitt's true intention was to turn the Alamo into a state park. When the DRT filed suit to halt the dismantling of the historic structure, Camp ruled that the 1912 law had not
overturned that of 1905 and that the Daughters maintained custody of the property. An appellate court concurred.

In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson appointed Camp United States district attorney for western Texas. In that position he was chiefly responsible for the arrest, on June 27, 1915, of former Mexican president Victoriano
Huertaqv for the violation of United States neutrality laws. Huerta was released on bond but rearrested on July 3 and confined at Fort Bliss, where he died six months later. In 1916, when Judge Thomas Sheldon Maxeyqv retired
from the bench, the eighteen Texas representatives and two senators endorsed Camp as his successor as federal judge of West Texas, but President Wilson demurred, thinking that no one over the age of sixty should hold such a position. Wilson did, however, appoint Camp to a second term as district attorney.

In 1881 Camp married Lamartine Felder, the daughter of J. L. Felder, a Leesburg physician. Camp died in San Antonio on August 10, 1918. He was survived by his wife, five daughters, and two sons.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dictionary of American Biography. San Antonio Express, August
11, 1918. San Antonio Light, August 11, 1918.

Re: CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918).

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Barbara,
This bio about John Lafayette Camp Jr. is very interesting. I didn't know these facts. John Lafayette Camp Sr. was my great grandfather and one of my UDC ancestors. Have I corresponded with you before?
Kathy Williamson Arth

Re: CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918).

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 7:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is a very interesting article, Barbara. John Lafayette Camp Sr. was my great-grandfather.
Katherine Arth

Re: CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918).

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 10:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Camp, Ezell,
Hi Katherine, I am the great great granddaughter of Little Berry Camp, brother to John Lafayette Camp Sr. Do you have anything on the Camps when they lived in Upshur/Camp county? I have some, but would like more information about the how's and why's
Thanks
Carolyn Burts

Re: CAMP, JOHN LAFAYETTE, JR. (1855-1918).

Posted: 27 Jun 2013 10:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
There is also information about John L and LB Camp in "The Handbook of Texas Online." Worth checking out and easy to use since it is online.
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