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Charles Keith BELL

(1853-1913)

BELL, Charles Keith, (nephew of Reese Bowen Brabson), a Representative from Texas; born in Chattanooga, Tenn., April 18, 1853; attended the public schools and Sewanee (Tenn.) College; moved to Texas in 1871; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Hamilton, Tex.; prosecuting attorney of Hamilton County in 1876; district attorney 1880-1882; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884; member of the State senate 1884-1888; judge of the twenty-ninth judicial district of Texas 1888-1890; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed the practice of law in Fort Worth, Tex.; attorney general of Texas 1901-1904; again resumed the practice of law in Fort Worth, where he died April 21, 1913; interment in East Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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