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Thomas Montgomery BELL

(1861-1941)

BELL, Thomas Montgomery, a Representative from Georgia; born in Nacoochee Valley, near Cleveland, White County, Ga., March 17, 1861; attended the common schools, a private school in Cleveland, Ga., and Moore’s Business University at Atlanta; taught in the public schools of Cleveland in 1878 and 1879; in the following year became employed as a traveling salesman and was connected with many wholesale business houses at Atlanta, Ga., and Baltimore, Md.; moved to Gainesville, Ga., in 1885 and continued his former pursuits; elected clerk of the superior court of Hall County in 1898; reelected in 1900 and again in 1902 and served until 1904; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-ninth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1931); majority whip (Sixty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930; employed as a representative of a marble company; died in Gainesville, Ga., March 18, 1941; interment in Alta Vista Cemetery.

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

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