Charles K. Bell

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Charles K. Bell

Charles Keith Bell (April 18, 1853 – April 21, 1913) was an American politician who represented Texas in the United States House of Representatives from 1893-1897. He was the nephew of Reese Bowen Brabson.

Bell was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended the public schools and Sewanee College before he moved to Texas in 1871. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1874, and commenced practice in Hamilton, Texas. He served as the prosecuting attorney of Hamilton County, Texas in 1876 and the district attorney 1880-1882.

Bell was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884. He served as a member of the Texas Senate 1884-1888 and as judge of the twenty-ninth judicial district of Texas 1888-1890. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. After Congress, he resumed the practice of law in Fort Worth. He was the Attorney General of Texas 1901-1904 and again resumed the practice of law in Fort Worth, where he died in 1913. He was buried in East Oakwood Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Thomas Slater Smith
Attorney General of Texas
Succeeded by
Robert V. Davidson
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Littleton W. Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel W.T. Lanham