John Campbell
John Allen Campbell
Status: Alive
Occupation: Provisional Governor of Wyoming
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: Jake Weber
Season: 4
First episode: "The Elusive Eden"
Last episode: "Life's a Mystery"
Appearances: 5 episodes (see below)

John Allen Campbell is a former Brigadier General for the Union Army. He is appointed by Grant as the first governor of the Wyoming territory.


Background InformationEdit

Very little is known about John Campbell's past except that after the war he was made provisional Governor of Georgia and was stationed in Atlanta by General Grant. He was put in charge of Reconstruction and did so very radically. The major changes he instituted upset the majority of the white populace, leading to violence and rioting. Because of this Grant stripped him of his governorship and sent him West to Cheyenne.

Season 4Edit

Attributes and PersonalityEdit

Campbell is a staunch believer in government control. He established the Freedman's Bureau, a government bureau dedicated to distributing land amongst freed slaves and ensuring they were treated right. When he first arrives in Cheyenne he immediately sets to work establishing a U.S. presence there. This includes building a State Capital as well as a Treasury and Jailhouse. He seizes the Casino in the name of Eminent Domain and begins to impose law strictly in the town, beginning by hanging a man accused of murder on his first day in the town.

Campbell despises the slave trade and slavery in general. Though he has shown himself to be a racist (referring to African Americans as a lesser people) he still acknowledges that they are human beings and cannot be sold as property. He is greatly offended when Elam Ferguson arrives in town looking to sell his "slaves" and is ready to shoot him.

Behind the ScenesEdit

John Campbell is loosely based on the first territorial governor of Wyoming, John Allen Campbell.


Season 4 appearances
"The Elusive Eden" "Escape from the Garden" "Chicken Hill" "Reckoning" "Life's a Mystery"
"Bear Man" "Elam Ferguson (Episode)" "Under Color of Law" "Two Trains" "Return to Hell"
"Bleeding Kansas" "Thirteen Steps" "Further West"

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