The son of Dr. William Camac and Ellen (Mcllvaine) Camac, Camac's early education came from private tutors and the Episcopal Academy. He entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1868 but left after only one year in order to travel abroad. It is possible that by 1882, when Camac is first listed in the city directories as an architect, he was already working for the firm of <1>Furness, Evans & Co.1>, where he would remain, according to his obituary, for some twenty years. However, the Philadelphia city directories only note his affiliation with the Furness firm for the years 1886 to 1891. While with Furness, Evans & Co., Camac supervised the construction of Sen. James G. Blaine's residence in Maine, and alterations and additions to the Blaine residence in Washington, D.C., formerly the Steward residence. (Sources available in the University of Pennsylvania Archives state that Camac became Blaine's personal architect.) For the years 1893 to 1894 Camac is listed in the city directories without an occupation noted. He then disappears from 1895 to 1909 and reappears from 1910 to 1918, again without an occupation cited.
Camac served in various civic capacities, including as Manager for the Pennsylvania Institute for the Blind, vice-president for St. Martin's College for Poor Boys, and as vestryman for St. Timothy's Church in Roxborough. In addition, he was a member of the Delta Psi fraternity and the University Club.
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