Charles H. Bell, Governor, U.S. Senator

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Charles Henry Bell

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Chester, NH, USA
Death: November 11, 1893 (69)
Exeter, NH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bell, Governor and Persis Bell
Husband of Sarah Almira Bell
Father of Mary Persis Bailey
Brother of Mary Ann Persis Bouton; Eliza Thom Nesmith; John G Bell; Susan Jane Bell; Harriet Adelia Bell and 4 others

Occupation: 46th Governor of NH / Speaker of the House / President of the Senate
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About Charles H. Bell, Governor, U.S. Senator

Charles Henry Bell (November 18, 1823 – November 11, 1893) was an American lawyer and Republican politician from Exeter, New Hampshire. Born in 1823 in Chester, New Hampshire, he served New Hampshire in both the state House of Representatives and Senate, as a U.S. Senator, and as Governor.

Charles was one of the ten children of Governor John Bell. He was also the nephew of Samuel Bell, first cousin of James Bell and the first cousin, once removed of Samuel Newell Bell. His career in the legislature was notable in that he held two unique offices; he was the Speaker of the House in 1860, and President of the Senate in 1864. He died in 1893 in Exeter, New Hampshire and is buried at the Exeter Cemetery in the city.

Bell was the author of an influential early history of Exeter, New Hampshire, as well as a number of other books. His first wife was Sarah Almira Gilman, daughter of Nicholas Gilman; his second wife was the widow of John Taylor Gilman of Exeter.

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Charles H. Bell, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

November 18, 1823
Chester, NH, USA
November 11, 1893
Age 69
Exeter, NH, USA