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John Calhoun BELL

(1851-1933)

BELL, John Calhoun, a Representative from Colorado; born near Sewanee, Franklin County, Tenn., December 11, 1851; attended public and private schools in Franklin County; studied law in Winchester, Tenn., and was admitted to the bar in 1874; moved to Colorado in 1874 and commenced practice in Del Norte, moving to Saguache, Colo., the same year; county attorney of Saguache County, Colo., from 1874 to May 1876; moved to Lake City, Colo., in 1876; elected county clerk of Hinsdale County in 1878; mayor of Lake City in 1885; moved to Montrose, Montrose County, Colo., in 1886 and continued the practice of law; served as judge of the seventh judicial district of Colorado from 1889 until his resignation in 1892, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1903); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; member of the United States Industrial Commission in 1900 and 1901; resumed the practice of law in Montrose, Colo.; judge of the Court of Appeals of Colorado 1913-1915; again resumed the practice of law; member of the State board of agriculture 1931-1933; died in Montrose, Colo., August 12, 1933; interment in the Cedar Cemetery.

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

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