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Charles Jasper BELL

(1885-1978)

BELL, Charles Jasper, a Representative from Missouri; born in Lake City, Hinsdale County, Colo., January 16, 1885; attended the country schools in Jackson County, Mo., Lees Summit (Mo.) High School, and the University of Missouri at Columbia; was graduated from Kansas City (Mo.) School of Law in 1913; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Kansas City, Mo.; member of the city council of Kansas City 1926-1930; member of the committee to draft the administrative code which comprises the general law of Kansas City, Mo.; judge of the circuit court of Jackson County, Mo., from 1931 until his resignation in 1934; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-Januray 3, 1949); chairman, Committee on Elections No. 1 (Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Congresses), Committee on Insular Affairs (Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses); member of the Filipino Rehabilitation Commission in 1945 and 1946; was not a candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; managing private investments; died in Kansas City, Mo., January 21, 1978; interment in Blue Springs Cemetery, Blue Springs, Mo.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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