Joshua Fry Bell
|Joshua Fry Bell|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 4th district
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1847
|Preceded by||George Caldwell|
|Succeeded by||Aylette Buckner|
|32nd Secretary of State of Kentucky|
July 2, 1849 – March 16, 1850
|Governor||John J. Crittenden|
|Preceded by||Orlando Brown|
|Succeeded by||John William Finnell|
November 26, 1811|
|Died||August 17, 1870
|Alma mater||Centre College|
Bell was born in Danville, Kentucky, where he attended public schools and then Centre College, where he graduated in 1828. He next studied law in Lexington, Kentucky, and travelled around Europe for several years before returning home and being admitted to the bar.
Bell was elected as a Whig to the 29th Congress in November, 1844. He did not seek reelection and served a single term in the House, March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1847. He was the Kentucky Secretary of State in 1849, and was sent by Kentucky as a commissioner to the Peace Conference held in Washington, D.C. in February 1861 in an unsuccessful last-ditch effort to stave off what became the American Civil War.
|United States House of Representatives|
|United States Representative (4th District) from Kentucky
- The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34.
- Joshua Fry Bell at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. pp. 280–281. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
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