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Charles H. Bell (politician)

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Charles Henry Bell
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
March 13, 1879 – June 18, 1879
Preceded byBainbridge Wadleigh
Succeeded byHenry W. Blair
38th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 2, 1881 – June 7, 1883
Preceded byNathaniel Head
Succeeded bySamuel W. Hale
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Preceded byOnslow Stearns[1]
Succeeded byEzekiel A. Straw[1]
Member of the
New Hampshire Senate
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1860[2] – 1860[2]
Preceded byNapoleon B. Bryant[2]
Succeeded byEdward A. Rollins[2]
Personal details
BornNovember 18, 1823
Chester, New Hampshire
DiedNovember 11, 1893(1893-11-11) (aged 69)
Exeter, New Hampshire
Resting placeExeter Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sarah Almira Gilman, Helen A. (Williams)

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

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.[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 Helen A. (Williams) daughter of Reuel Williams of Portland, ME, and widow of John Taylor Gilman of Exeter. Both wives were descendants of Edward Gilman Sr., an early Exeter settler who had previously lived in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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


Bell was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1868.[4]

Death and burial

Bell died in 1893 in Exeter, New Hampshire, and is buried at the Exeter Cemetery in that town.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867, Concord, New Hampshire: McFarland and Jenks, p. 44
  2. ^ a b c d e Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867, Concord, New Hampshire: McFarland and Jenks, p. 45
  3. ^ The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1894
  4. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  5. ^ "Death of Ex Gov Bell". The Boston Globe. Exeter. November 12, 1893. p. 3. Retrieved January 6, 2021 – via

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Nathaniel Head
Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Samuel W. Hale
U.S. 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
This page was last edited on 6 April 2021, at 23:03
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