BELL, Hiram Parks (1827-1907)

BELL, HIRAM PARKS, a Representative from Georgia; born near Jefferson, Jackson County, Ga., January 19, 1827; attended the public schools at Cumming, Forsyth County, Ga.; taught school for two years, during which time he studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Cumming; member of the secession convention in 1861 and opposed the secession ordinance; commissioner from Georgia to solicit the cooperation of Tennessee in the formation of a southern confederacy; member of the State senate in 1861, but resigned to enter the Confederate Army; during the Civil War was commissioned captain and later promoted to lieutenant colonel and colonel of the Forty-third Georgia Regiment; member of the Second Confederate Congress in 1864 and 1865; member of the Democratic State executive committee 1868-1871; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; was chosen a member of the Democratic National Committee from the State at large; elected to the Forty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Benjamin H. Hill and served from March 13, 1877, to March 3, 1879; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878; member of the State house of representatives in 1898 and 1899; served in the State senate in 1900 and 1901; died in Atlanta, Ga., August 17, 1907; interment in Cumming Cemetery, Cumming, Ga.

Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names.
File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. A finding aid is available in the repository.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1877-1879, 1 item.
A note from Alexander Hamilton Stephens to an unidentified, added to a letter signed by H. R. Harris, W. H. Felton, and H. P. Bell. In the letter, Thomas C. Crenshaw is recommended as United States Marshal for Georgia.

  • Bell, Hiram P[arks]. Atlantic and great western canal. Speech of Hon. Hiram P. Bell ... in the House of Representatatives. February 14, 1874. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874.
  • ------. Men and things. By Hiram P. Bell, being reminiscent, biographical and historical. Atlanta: Press of the Foote & Davies company, 1907. Reprint, Cumming, Ga.: Col. Hiram Parks Bell Camp 1642, Sons of Confederate Veterans, 2004.
  • ------. Pensions to the soldiers of the Mexican and Indian wars. Speech of the Hon. H. P. Bell, of Georgia, delivered in the House of Representatives, February 9th, 1878. Washington, D.C.: Darby & Duvall, printers, 1878.