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John (of Ohio) BELL

(1796-1869)

BELL, John (of Ohio), a Representative from Ohio; born in Pennsboro, Lycoming County, Pa., June 19, 1796; received a limited education; moved to Ohio in 1810 with his parents, who settled in Greene County, near Xenia; moved to Lower Sandusky in 1823; city mayor in 1830; probate judge of Sandusky County several terms; commissioned major general of State militia in 1834; commanded Ohio forces in the Toledo war in 1835; served as postmaster of Lower Sandusky from November 14, 1838, to May 3, 1841; member of the State house of representatives in 1844 and 1845; mayor of Fremont, Ohio, in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Amos E. Wood (January 7, 1851-March 3, 1851); probate judge 1852-1855 and 1858-1863; died in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, May 4, 1869; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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