Campbell Niven was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 11, 1929 and moved to Brunswick, Maine when he was two years old. He attended Hebron Academy and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1952. He worked for Dupont Corporation in Delaware from 1952 to 1954. He was drafted in 1954 and was stationed in Europe with the Army until 1956. In 1961 he became publisher of the "Brunswick Record" and the "Bath Daily Times", which he then combined into the "Times Record", which he published until his retirement in 1999.
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