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BELL, John Calhoun (1851-1933)

BELL, JOHN CALHOUN, a Representative from Colorado; born near Sewanee, Franklin County, Tenn., December 11, 1851; attended public and private schools in Franklin County; studied law in Winchester, Tenn., and was admitted to the bar in 1874; moved to Colorado in 1874 and commenced practice in Del Norte, moving to Saguache, Colo., the same year; county attorney of Saguache County, Colo., from 1874 to May 1876; moved to Lake City, Colo., in 1876; elected county clerk of Hinsdale County in 1878; mayor of Lake City in 1885; moved to Montrose, Montrose County, Colo., in 1886 and continued the practice of law; served as judge of the seventh judicial district of Colorado from 1889 until his resignation in 1892, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1903); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; member of the United States Industrial Commission in 1900 and 1901; resumed the practice of law in Montrose, Colo.; judge of the Court of Appeals of Colorado 1913-1915; again resumed the practice of law; member of the State board of agriculture 1931-1933; died in Montrose, Colo., August 12, 1933; interment in the Cedar Cemetery.

Colorado Historical Society
Denver, CO
Papers: 1892-1902. 1 cubic foot.
Photographs and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Commission on the Cost of Producing Sugar Beets Collection, 1918, 0.5 linear foot.
Persons represented include John C. Bell.


University of Colorado at Boulder
Special Collections, Norlin Library
Boulder, CO
Papers: ca. 1882-1950; 1 box, 41 volumes, and 2 card files.
The John Calhoun Bell Collection contains ledgers, letterbooks, an autobiography, and numerous scrapbooks reflecting his political career and interests, especially water diversion projects. Also included is material collected by John C. Bell's wife after his death. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Denver Public Library
Western History Collection
Denver, CO
Papers: 1895-1898. 2 items.
Collection contains two letters.

  • Bell, John Calhoun. Against the bond issue. Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House, April 27, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. The bankruptcy bill. Speech of Hon. J.C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House. February 16, 17, and 18, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. The financial bill. Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House ... December 13, 1899. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1899.
  • ------. Increase the regular army of the United States. Speech of Hon. Jno. C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House of Representatives ... April 6, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Increasing expenditures and expenses of government ... Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House ... June 2, 1900. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1900.
  • ------. The Loud bill. Speech of Hon. J.C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House of Representatives,, March 2, 1899. 1898. Reprint, Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1900.
  • ------. Market value of bank deposits. Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House ... February 14, 1900. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1900.
  • ------. The pilgrim and the pioneer; the social and material developments in the Rocky Mountains. College View, Lincoln, Neb.: The International publishing ass'n, [1906].
  • ------. Post-office appropriation bill. Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House ... March 16 and 19, 1898. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898].
  • ------. Proposed annexation of Hawaii. Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House of Representatives, Monday, June 13, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Speeches of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House of Representatives, January 11 and 12, 1898. On appropriation for civil-service law. Also in opposition to requiring producers to pay for transporting gold from assay offices to the mints. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Urgent deficiency and rural delivery of the mail. Speech of Hon. John C. Bell, of Colorado, in the House ... January 16, 1900. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1900.