BELL, James (1804-1857)

BELL, JAMES, (son of Samuel Bell, uncle of Samuel Newell Bell, and cousin of Charles Henry Bell), a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Francistown, Hillsboro County, N.H., November 13, 1804; attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1822; studied law at Litchfield Law School, Litchfield, Conn.; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Gilmanton, N.H.; moved to Exeter in 1831 and to Gilford in 1846; member, New Hampshire house of representatives 1846-1850; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New Hampshire in 1854 and 1855; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1855, and served from July 30, 1855, until his death in Laconia, Belknap County, N.H., May 26, 1857; interment in Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, N.H.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 5 items.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1834-1838. 3 letters.

New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: Ca. 20 items (1840-1868) in various collections.

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Papers: Correspondence with his sister in the Mary Ann Bell papers, 1830-1834.

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