NAME, Years Elected to City Council

Frederick M. Campbell (1837-1905) was a council member in 1867 and 1868.




Campbell was a well known educator in his day. Originally from New York, Campbell was married to Catherine Marston, and they had seven children. They moved to Vallejo, California in 1858 to work at a school there.7 He was a founder of the College School (which became UC Berkeley).5

Campbell mentioned fondly in a book about public education in 19112 and served as the State Superintendent of Public Education. Along with John Swett, he is credited with fixing the "code and custom" of Claifornia's system of public education.8 The Golden Gate Kindergarten Club called him a most valuable friend and the best friend of Kindergarten. He was the editor of the California Educational Review.4 Because of Campbell, the National Education Association convention was held in Oakland in 1888.9

In 1876 City Superintendent of Public Schools F. M. Campbell resided on the northwest corner of 5th and Market Streets.


1870: Superintendent of Public Schools in Oakland3

1879-1883: State Superintendent of Public Education1

Links & References

  1. The Blue and Gold. Class of '75, 1882.
  2. Swett, John. Public Education in California. Cincinnatti: 1911.
  3. Report. Golden Gate Kindergarten Association: 1891.
  4. Report.
  5. Irvine, Leigh Hadley. A History of the new California. The Lewis Publishing Company: 1903.
  6. "THE PACIFIC SLOPE." San Francisco Chronicle: July 15, 1884.
  7. Guinn, JM. History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Oakland and Environs (V1) Los Angeles: Historic Record Co: 1907.
  8. Guinn, 1907. (When written, I believe this was meant as a compliment as every source speaks highly of Campbell.)
  9. Guinn.
  10. Guinn.