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Hon. John Bell

Hon. John Bell

Male 1797 - 1869  (72 years)

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  • Name John Bell 
    Title Hon. 
    Born 15 Feb 1797  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Political 02 Jun 1834  Elected, Speaker, United States House of Representatives Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Public Service
    Public Service
    Political 05 Mar 1841  Appointed, Secretary of War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Political 22 Nov 1847  Elected, United States Senate, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1860  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 10 Sep 1869  Dover, Stewart, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • BELL, John, a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born near Nashville, Tenn., February 18, 1796; graduated from Cumberland College in 1814; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Franklin, Tenn.; member, State senate 1817; declined to be a candidate for reelection and moved to Nashville; elected to the Twentieth, and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1841); Speaker of the House of Representatives (Twenty-third Congress); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Twenty-first through Twenty-sixth Congresses, except for Twenty-third), Committee on Judiciary (Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses); appointed by President William Henry Harrison as Secretary of War March 5, 1841, and served until September 12, 1841, when he resigned; member, State house of representatives in 1847; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate in 1847; reelected in 1853, and served from November 22, 1847, to March 3, 1859; unsuccessful candidate in 1860 for President of the United States on the Constitutional Union ticket; investor in ironworks at Cumberland Furnace in Chattanooga, Tenn.; died at his home on the banks of the Cumberland River, near Cumberland Furnace, September 10, 1869; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, near Nashville, Tenn.

      From Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, <http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000340>

    Person ID I4532  Dickinson
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2009 

    Family 1 Sarah Louisa Dickinson,   b. 1801,   d. 1832, Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1815  Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Married Dec 1818  [3
    Children 
     1. Francis M Bell,   b. 22 Aug 1820, Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1847, Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    +2. David Dickinson Bell,   b. 07 Jul 1822, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1899  (Age 76 years)
    +3. John Bell,   b. 12 Nov 1823, Nashville, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1899, Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +4. Mary Louisa Bell,   b. Oct 1827, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jan 1903, Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
    +5. Sally Dickinson Bell,   b. Jul 1829, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1897, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F1207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jane Eastin,   b. 1797, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1835  Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Jane Erwin Bell,   b. Dec 1838, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917  (Age ~ 78 years)
     2. Anna L Bell,   b. Jan 1841, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919  (Age ~ 77 years)
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2009 
    Family ID F1213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Feb 1797 - Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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    Bell, John
    Bell, John
    Speaker of the House; United States Senator; Presidential Candidate

  • Sources 
    1. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: Nashville Ward 5, Davidson, Tennessee; Roll M653_1246; Page: 404; Image: 609.

    2. [S174727] Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, (Nashville: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm).

    3. [S336295] A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities, Will T. Hale, (Chicago, Illinois: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913), 382.