James Campbell was born in 1843 in Middletown, Ohio. Scotch/Irish of extraction, he was from an old and proud heritage, his ancestor (John Parker) having commanded American forces at Lexington at the outbreak of hostilities in the Revolutionary War. Other ancestors served during the war of 1812. As a young man, Campbell studied law and taught school before serving in the Civil War on gun boats in the Mississippi River basin. During his stint with the river fleet he contracted malaria and was sent home to recuperate. After the war, his legal career officially began with his bar admittance in 1865. He became Butler County Prosecuting Attorney in 1875, was United States Commissioner for a short time thereafter, and was elected Governor of Ohio in 1890. Campbell was the Democrat nominee for Congress shortly after his term as Governor was complete, and proceeded to be elected to three consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Fauley was a student of Bourguereau and Blanc in Paris. He was also a teacher at the Columbus Art School for many years. Fauley was a very accomplished portraitist who traveled and painted with Alice Schille in Europe for many years.