John Bell (Ohio politician)

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John Bell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
January 7, 1851 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byAmos E. Wood
Succeeded byFrederick W. Green
Personal details
Born(1796-06-19)June 19, 1796
Pennsboro, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 4, 1869(1869-05-04) (aged 72)
Fremont, Ohio
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery

John Bell (June 19, 1796 – May 4, 1869) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Pennsboro, Pennsylvania, Bell received a limited education. He moved to Ohio in 1810 with his parents, who settled in Greene County, near Xenia. He moved to Lower Sandusky in 1823 and served as mayor in 1830. He was the probate judge of Sandusky County for several terms.

Bell was commissioned a major general in the state militia in 1834 and commanded Ohio forces in the Toledo War the next year.

He served as postmaster of Lower Sandusky from November 14, 1838, to May 3, 1841. He served as member of the state house of representatives in 1844 and 1845. He served as mayor of Fremont, Ohio, in 1845 and 1846.

Bell was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Amos E. Wood (January 7, 1851 – March 4, 1851).

He was a probate judge from 1852 to 1855 and again from 1858 to 1863. He died in Fremont, Ohio, on May 4, 1869 and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery (Fremont, Ohio).


  • United States Congress. "John Bell (id: B000339)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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