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Isaac Bell, Jr.

Birthplace: New York, New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Cause of death: pneumonia
Place of Burial: Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Bell, Sr. and Adaline Bell
Husband of Jeanette Gordon Bell
Father of Isaac Bell; Valentine Mott Bell and Olivia Bell
Brother of Louis V Bell; Olivia M Barclay and Edward Bell

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About Isaac Bell, Jr.,_Jr.

Isaac Bell, Jr. (November 6, 1846 – January 20, 1889) was an American businessman and diplomat.

He was born in New York City, New York, the son of steamboat owner Isaac Bell. In 1878, he married Jeanette Gordon Bennett, daughter of New York Herald founder James Gordon Bennett, Sr., and sister of publisher James Gordon Bennett, Jr.. They had three children ; Valentine Mott Bell, Olivia Bell, and Isaac Bell III.

He was a successful cotton broker and investor. He was one of the key investors in the Commercial Cable Company that broke the Transatlantic cable monopoly.

In 1883, he built the Isaac Bell House, one of the famous Gilded Age summer “cottages” in Newport, Rhode Island. The house, designed by McKim, Mead, and White, is considered one of the best remaining examples of Shingle Style architecture. In New York, he owned a unit in one of New York City’s first cooperative duplex apartment buildings, the "Knickerbocker".

He was active in Rhode Island politics as a Democrat. President Grover Cleveland appointed him the U.S. Minister to the Netherlands, and he served from 1885-88. He was also a delegate to the 1888 Democratic National Convention.

DeathIn January, 1889, gravely ill from typhoid fever and pyaemia, he was brought by steamboat from Newport, R.I., to St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. He died there two weeks later. His funeral was held at Trinity Church, and he was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Reports from the New York Times show that he died on Sunday, January 20, 1889. A number of other sources incorrectly report his date of death as January 29.

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Isaac Bell, Jr.'s Timeline

November 6, 1846
New York, New York, New York, United States
Age 31
Age 32
Age 33
Age 38
January 20, 1889
Age 42
New York, New York, New York, United States
January 1889
Age 42
Kings, New York, United States