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Charles J Bell (businessman)

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Name  Charles Bell
Role  Businessman

Died  October 2, 1929
Children  Grace Fortescue
Charles J. Bell (businessman)
Grandchildren  Thalia Massie, Helene Whitney
Organizations founded  National Geographic Society
Production company  National Geographic Society
Similar People  Alexander Graham Bell, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Frank Baker, James Arness

Charles James Bell (1858-1929) was a Scotch-Irish-Canadian-American businessman, first cousin of Alexander Graham Bell, son-in-law of Gardiner Greene Hubbard, nephew of Alexander Melville Bell and brother of Chichester Bell.



He was born in 1858 in Dublin, Ireland, to Professor David Charles Bell (1817-1903) and Ellen Adine Highland. He attended Wesley College before emigrating to Canada in 1873. He moved to Washington DC in 1880 to be his cousin's secretary in the new Bell Telephone Company. In 1881 he traveled to Paris to set up branches of the Bell Telephone Company in Europe. That same year he married Roberta Hubbard, daughter of Gardiner Greene Hubbard. She died giving childbirth in 1885, and after her death Bell married her sister Grace Hubbard. In 1888 he co-founded the National Geographic Society, and was its first treasurer. He bought the property for the headquarters of the society, where it still is. Bell died on October 2, 1929.


By his first wife Roberta, his children were:

  • Helen Aidene Bell (b. 1882)
  • Grace Hubbard Bell (1884-1979)
  • By his second wife Grace (sister of Roberta), his children were:

  • Gardiner Hubbard Bell (1890-1892)
  • Charles James Bell (1891-1892)
  • Robert Wolcott Bell (1893-1977)
  • References

    Charles J. Bell (businessman) Wikipedia

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