James Bell (New Hampshire)
|United States Senator
from New Hampshire
March 4, 1855 – May 26, 1857
|Preceded by||John S. Wells|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Clark|
November 13, 1804|
Francestown, New Hampshire
|Died||May 26, 1857
Laconia, New Hampshire
|Spouse(s)||Judith A. Upham Bell|
|Children||Mary A. Bell White
Eliza U. Bell
James Dana Bell
Charles Upham Bell
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College
Litchfield Law School
Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Bell graduated from Bowdoin College in 1822, studied law at Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1825 and began practice in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.
From 1831 to 1846 Bell practiced in Exeter, and was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1846 to 1850. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850, and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Hampshire in 1854 and 1855.
Elected as a Republican in July of 1855 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles G. Atherton, Bell served in the United States Senate during the Thirty-fourth United States Congress from July 30, 1855 until his death in 1857.
Death and legacy
Bell died in Laconia, New Hampshire on May 26, 1857 (age 52 years, 194 days). He is interred at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, New Hampshire. There is a cenotaph in his honor at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
The son of Samuel Bell and Mehitable Dana Bell, he was the uncle of Samuel Newell Bell and the cousin of Charles Henry Bell. He married Judith A. Upham in 1831 and they had five children, Mary A. Bell White, Eliza U. Bell, Lucy Bell, James Dana Bell, and Charles Upham Bell.
- "James Bell". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- Capace, Nancy (Jan 1, 2001). Encyclopedia of New Hampshire. North American Book Dist LLC, Jan 1, 2001 - New Hampshire. p. 412.
- Stearns, Witcher, Parker, Ezra, William, Edward (1908). Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 2005.
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|United States Senate|
John S. Wells
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire
1855 – 1857
Served alongside: John P. Hale