James Bell
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
July 30, 1855 – May 26, 1857
Preceded byJohn S. Wells
Succeeded byDaniel Clark
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1804-11-13)November 13, 1804
Francestown, New Hampshire
DiedMay 26, 1857(1857-05-26) (aged 52)
Laconia, New Hampshire
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Judith A. Upham Bell
ChildrenMary A. Bell White
Eliza U. Bell
Lucy Bell
James Dana Bell
Charles Upham Bell
Alma materBowdoin College
Litchfield Law School

James Bell (November 13, 1804 – May 26, 1857) was an American politician and a United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1855 until his death in 1857.

Early life

Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Bell graduated from Bowdoin College in 1822, studied law at Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1825 and began practice in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.[1]


From 1831 to 1846 Bell practiced in Exeter, and was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1846 to 1850. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850, and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Hampshire in 1854 and 1855.

Elected as a Republican in July 1855, replacing John S. Wells, who had been appointed following the death of Moses Norris, Jr.. Bell served in the United States Senate during the Thirty-fourth United States Congress from July 30, 1855 until his death in 1857.[2]

Death and legacy

Bell died in Laconia, New Hampshire on May 26, 1857 (age 52 years, 194 days). He is interred at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, New Hampshire. There is a cenotaph in his honor at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Family life

The son of Samuel Bell and Mehitable Dana Bell, he was the uncle of Samuel Newell Bell and the cousin of Charles Henry Bell. He married Judith A. Upham in 1831 and they had five children, Mary A. Bell White, Eliza U. Bell, Lucy Bell, James Dana Bell, and Charles Upham Bell.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "James Bell". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Capace, Nancy (January 1, 2001). Encyclopedia of New Hampshire. North American Book Dist LLC, January 1, 2001 - New Hampshire. p. 412. ISBN 9780403096015.
  3. ^ Stearns, Witcher, Parker, Ezra, William, Edward (1908). Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 2005.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Party political offices Preceded byThomas E. Sawyer Whig nominee for Governor of New Hampshire1853, 1854, 1855 Succeeded byIchabod Goodwin U.S. Senate Preceded byJohn S. Wells U.S. senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire1855 – 1857 Served alongside: John P. Hale Succeeded byDaniel Clark