Richard Kenna Campbell

Commissioner of Naturalization, March 4, 1913 to December 21, 1922

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on August 7, 1853, Campbell earned his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1874. After two years in private law practice in Baltimore from 1874 to 1876, he turned to farming and editing until 1894. In that year he took a position as an attorney with the US Immigration Service. He was named to the Presidential Commission on Naturalization in 1905, which studied naturalization in the United States and drafted recommended legislation. That legislation was passed by Congress the next year as the Basic Naturalization Act of 1906, which created the US Naturalization Service. Campbell was named Chief of the new Naturalization Division within the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, and became Commisisoner of the new Bureau of Naturalization when the bureaus split in 1913. Campbell remained at the head of the Naturalization Bureau until 1922, when he retired. He died May 24, 1931.

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