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John Junior BELL

(1910-1963)

BELL, John Junior, a Representative from Texas; born in Cuero, De Witt County, Tex., May 15, 1910; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1932 and from its law school in 1936; was admitted to the bar in 1936 and commenced the practice of law in Cuero, Tex.; served in the State house of representatives 1937-1947; president of a company operating compresses in Victoria, Shiner, Cuero, and Taft, Tex.; during the Second World War served as a private in the United States Army from May 1944 to March 1945; member of the State senate 1947-1954; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1948 and 1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth Congress (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1957); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1956; lawyer, rancher, and farmer; was a resident of Cuero, Tex., until his death January 24, 1963; interment in Hillside Cemetery.

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

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