Theodore Arlington Bell

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Theodore Arlington Bell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by Samuel D. Woods
Succeeded by Duncan E. McKinlay
Personal details
Born (1872-07-25)July 25, 1872
Vallejo, California, U.S.
Died September 4, 1922(1922-09-04) (aged 50)
Marin County, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic (until 1921)
Other political
Republican (1921–death)

Theodore Arlington Bell (July 25, 1872 – September 4, 1922) was a Democratic politician from California.[1]


He was born in Vallejo, California on July 25, 1872.[1]

He and his family moved to St. Helena, California in 1876 where he attended primary school. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1893. He began his political career as District Attorney of Napa County, California between 1895-1903. He served in the 58th congress from 1903 to 1905 representing the 2nd district. In the 1904 election, he was defeated. He went on to run for Governor of California in 1906 and 1910, but lost both times. He was a delegate to the 1908 Democratic National Convention and 1912 Democratic National Convention and later switched parties to become a Republican in 1921.[1]

He was killed a year later in a car crash, on September 4, 1922, in Marin County, California.[1]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel D. Woods
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Duncan E. McKinlay