John Calhoun Bell

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John Calhoun Bell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byHerschel M. Hogg
Personal details
Born(1851-12-11)December 11, 1851
Sewanee, Tennessee
DiedAugust 12, 1933(1933-08-12) (aged 81)
Montrose, Colorado
Political partyPopulist Party
Spouse(s)Susie Abernathy Bell
Occupationlawyer politician

John Calhoun Bell (December 11, 1851 – August 12, 1933) was a U.S. Representative from Colorado.


Born near Sewanee, Tennessee, Bell was the son of Harrison and Rachel Laxon Bell. He attended public and private schools in Franklin County, and studied law in Winchester, Tennessee. He was admitted to the bar in 1874, and married Susie Abernathy in 1881.[1]


Bell moved to Colorado in 1874 and commenced practice in Del Norte, Colorado, moving to Saguache, Colorado, the same year. He served as county attorney of Saguache County, Colorado, from 1874 to May 1876. He moved to Lake City, Colorado, in 1876, and was elected county clerk of Hinsdale County, Colorado in 1878. He served as mayor of Lake City in 1885. He moved to Montrose, Colorado, in 1886 and continued the practice of law. He was 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, Bell was United States Representative for the second district of Colorado from March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1903. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress. He served as member of the United States Industrial Commission in 1900 and 1901. He resumed the practice of law in Montrose, Colorado; and served as judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals from 1913 to 1915, then resumed the practice of law. He served as a member of the State board of agriculture from 1931 to 1933.


Bell died in Montrose, Colorado, on August 12, 1933 (age 81 years, 244 days). He is interred at Cedar Cemetery, Montrose, Colorado.[2]


  1. ^ "John Calhoun Bell". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  2. ^ "John Calhoun Bell". Find A Grave. Retrieved 20 September 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
new district
Representative of the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado
Succeeded by
Herschel M. Hogg

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website