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James Bell (New Hampshire)

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Preceded by  John S. Wells
Name  James Bell
Succeeded by  Daniel Clark
Parents  Samuel Bell

Spouse(s)  Judith A. Upham Bell
Cousins  Charles H. Bell
Profession  Politician Lawyer
Uncles  John Bell
James Bell (New Hampshire)
Born  November 13, 1804 Francestown, New Hampshire (1804-11-13)
Children  Mary A. Bell White Eliza U. Bell Lucy Bell James Dana Bell Charles Upham Bell
Alma mater  Bowdoin College Litchfield Law School
Role  Former United States Senator
Died  May 26, 1857, Laconia, New Hampshire, United States
Education  Litchfield Law School, Bowdoin College
Political party  Whig Party, Opposition Party, Republican Party

James Bell (November 13, 1804 – May 26, 1857) was an American politician and a United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1855 until his death in 1857.


Early life

Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Bell graduated from Bowdoin College in 1822, studied law at Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1825 and began practice in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.


From 1831 to 1846 Bell practiced in Exeter, and was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1846 to 1850. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850, and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Hampshire in 1854 and 1855.

Elected as a Republican in July 1855, replacing John S. Wells, who had been appointed following the death of Moses Norris, Jr.. Bell served in the United States Senate during the Thirty-fourth United States Congress from July 30, 1855 until his death in 1857.

Death and legacy

Bell died in Laconia, New Hampshire on May 26, 1857 (age 52 years, 194 days). He is interred at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, New Hampshire. There is a cenotaph in his honor at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Family life

The son of Samuel Bell and Mehitable Dana Bell, he was the uncle of Samuel Newell Bell and the cousin of Charles Henry Bell. He married Judith A. Upham in 1831 and they had five children, Mary A. Bell White, Eliza U. Bell, Lucy Bell, James Dana Bell, and Charles Upham Bell.


James Bell (New Hampshire) Wikipedia