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Robert Maurice Campbell (b. 1935)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1978-1988

Robert Maurice Campbell was born on a farm in Coryell County, Texas on March 1, 1935. He attended Texas Tech University and Arlington State University before enrolling in Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, where he received his B.A. degree.

Campbell was married; both he and his wife taught school in Copperas Cove, Texas for two years, and the couple had three daughters. Campbell served in the U.S. Army and completed ten years of active and reserve duty in the Texas National Guard. He earned a J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1964. Following law school, Campbell practiced law in Waco for fourteen years.

Campbell campaigned for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court in 1978 to fill the remaining two years of the unexpired term of Tom Reavley, won the election, and was sworn in on December 1, 1978. He was reelected in 1980 to a six-year term and was reelected again in 1986 for another six-year term. Campbell was said to excel in property and oil and gas litigation. He served as the court's liaison to court reporters and court coordinators and was the first chairman of the Judicial Budget Board, which prepares a unified budget for the entire Texas judiciary. His hobby while on the court was cooking, and he enjoyed sharing his culinary skills with his fellow justices.

Campbell resigned from the court on January 6, 1988 to work as an appellate advocate and to undertake a mission to preserve judicial election in favor of an appointed judiciary.


Justice Robert M. Campbell, 48(4) Texas Bar Journal 432-433 (April 1985).

Robert M. Campbell. Press Release, January 6, 1988.

Robert M. Campbell, unpublished biographical sketch, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society files, undated.

Robert M. Campbell Biographical Data, Robert M. Campbell Campaign, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society files, undated,

Bill Pugsley. Private communication, November 20, 2006.

Justice Franklin Spears. Remarks upon the retirement of Justice Robert M. Campbell, February 1, 1988, manuscript, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society files.

Extended bibliography

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 42, page 141

Thornton, Z. Joe. Supreme Court Hopeful Says There's no Issues, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Apr. 18, 1978.