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Charles H. Bell (politician)

Charles Henry Bell
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
March 18, 1879 – June 18, 1879
Preceded by Bainbridge Wadleigh
Succeeded by Henry W. Blair
38th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 2, 1881 – June 7, 1883
Preceded by Nathaniel Head
Succeeded by Samuel W. Hale
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Preceded by Onslow Stearns[1]
Succeeded by Ezekiel A. Straw[1]
Member of the
New Hampshire Senate
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1860[2] – 1860[2]
Preceded by Napoleon B. Bryant[2]
Succeeded by Edward A. Rollins[2]
Personal details
Born November 18, 1823
Chester, New Hampshire
Died November 11, 1893(1893-11-11) (aged 69)
Exeter, New Hampshire
Resting place Exeter Cemetery Exeter, New Hampshire
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Almira Gilman

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


  • Early life 1
  • Family 2
  • Service in the New Hampshire General Court 3
  • Writings 4
  • Death and burial 5
  • Footnotes 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Bell was born on November 18, 1823 in Chester, New Hampshire.


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.

Service in the New Hampshire General Court

Bell's career in the New Hampshire General Court was notable in that he held two unique offices. In 1860 Bell was the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1860.[2] and President of the New Hampshire Senate[1] in 1864.


Bell was the author of an influential early history of Exeter, New Hampshire, as well as a number of other books.[3] His first wife was Sarah Almira Gilman, daughter of Nicholas Gilman; his second wife was the widow of John Taylor Gilman of Exeter.[4]

Frontispiece, History of the Town of Exeter, New Hampshire, Charles H. Bell, 1888

Death and burial

Bell died in 1893 in Exeter, New Hampshire, and is buried at the Exeter Cemetery in that town.


  1. ^ a b c Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867,  
  2. ^ a b c d e Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867,  
  3. ^ The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1894
  4. ^ Both wives were descendants of Edward Gilman Sr., an early Exeter settler who had previously lived in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Ipswich, Massachusetts.

External links

  • Bell's Congressional biography
  • Bell at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
  • [2]
  • Exeter in 1776, Charles Henry Bell, News-Letter Press, Exeter, N.H. 1876
  • Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Charles Henry Bell, William B. Morrill, Exeter, N.H., 1883
  • A Memorial of Charles Henry Bell, Exeter, N.H., Jeremiah Smith, Mellen Chamberlain, Privately Printed, 1894
United States Senate
Preceded by
Bainbridge Wadleigh
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire
Served alongside: Edward H. Rollins
Succeeded by
Henry W. Blair
Political offices
Preceded by
Natt Head
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Samuel W. Hale
Preceded by
Onslow Stearns
President of the New Hampshire Senate
Succeeded by
Ezekiel A. Straw
Preceded by
Napoleon B. Bryant
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Edward A. Rollins
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