JAMES A. BELL was born in Rupert, Bennington county, Vermont, June 20, 1809. When four years of age, his parents
removed to Courtland county, New York, in which place the family resided eight years. In 1821 the family migrated
to Guilford, Medina county, Ohio, at which place Mr. Bell has resided for the past fifty years. He was married
in 1839 to Miss Mary Ann Spear, of Southwick, Massachusetts. Mr. Bell is a practical farmer.
He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1855, and re-elected in 1857. In October, 1869, he was elected
by the Republicans of the Twenty seventh Senatorial District (Lorain and Medina counties) to the Senate of Ohio.
In 1871 he was re-elected to the Senate by the Republican vote of the Twentyseventh and Twenty ninth Districts,
composed of Ashland and Richland, Lorain and Medina counties.
Mr. Bell is a firm believer in the Christian religion, and he and his entire family are members of the Congregational
Mr. Bell is Chairman of the Standing Committees on Agriculture, and Public Expenditures. He is a member of the
Committee on Soldiers' and Sailers' Orphans' Home.
We learn from those who know Mr. Bell, that he is a man well worthy of the continued confidence reposed in him
as a public officer.
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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