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Theodore Arlington BELL

(1872-1922)

BELL, Theodore Arlington, a Representative from California; born in Vallejo, Solano County, Calif., July 25, 1872; moved with his parents to St. Helena, Napa County, in 1876; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice at Napa, Calif.; district attorney of Napa County 1895-1903; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress; moved to San Francisco in 1906 and continued the practice of his profession; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of California in 1906 and 1910; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1908 and 1912; became affiliated with the Republican Party in 1921; was accidentally killed near San Rafael, Marin County, Calif., September 4, 1922; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, St. Helena, Calif.

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

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