Hiram Parks Bell

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Hiram Parks Bell
File:Hiram P. Bell.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
(first term)
March 13, 1877 - March 3, 1879
(second term)
Preceded by New seat
(first term)
Benjamin Harvey Hill
(second term)
Succeeded by Benjamin Harvey Hill
(first term)
Emory Speer
(second term)
Personal details
Born (1827-01-19)January 19, 1827
Jefferson, Georgia
Died August 17, 1907(1907-08-17) (aged 78)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political party Democratic

Hiram Parks Bell (January 19, 1827 – August 17, 1907) was a U.S. Representative and a Confederate Representative from the state of Georgia.

Life

Bell was born in 1827 near Jefferson, Georgia. He taught school for two years, studied law, was admitted to the Georgia bar later in 1849 and became a practicing lawyer in Cumming, Georgia. Bell was a member of the Georgia secession convention, voting against secession as imprudent, but then signing the Ordinance of Secession. He believed that "the Northern States were astonished that the Southern States would secede; the Southern people were surprised that the government would attempt to hold the States together by force"**. Hearing that Georgia must "grasp in fraternity the bloody hand of Massachusetts, or align yourselves with gallant South Carolina" shook his views on the need to secede.*** He served as a Georgia commissioner to work with the state of Tennessee in the formation of a southern confederacy.

In 1861, Bell served in the Georgia Senate; however, he resigned to join the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War as a captain. He was later promoted to lieutenant colonel and then colonel of the 43rd Georgia Regiment. Bell was a Georgia representative to the Second Confederate Congress in 1864 and 1865.

After the war, he was a member of the Democratic State executive committee from 1868 to 1871. Elected as a Democratic Representative to the 43rd United States Congress representing Georgia's 9th congressional district, Bell served from March 4, 1873, until March 3, 1875. He served as a delegate to the 1876 Democratic National Convention and was chosen an at-large member from Georgia to Democratic National Committee.

Bell was elected to the U.S. Congress again to represent the 10th district of Georgia during the 45th Congress to fill the vacant seat resulting from the resignation of Benjamin Harvey Hill and served from March 13, 1877, to March 3, 1879. Bell lost his bid for reelection to that in 1878. He then served in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1898 and 1899 and the Georgia Senate in 1900 and 1901.

Bell died in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 17, 1907, and was buried in the Cumming Cemetery.

References

Confederate States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Representative to the Second Confederate Congress from Georgia
November 7, 1864 - March 18, 1865
Succeeded by
none
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
New seat
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Benjamin Harvey Hill
Preceded by
Benjamin Harvey Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th congressional district

March 13, 1877 - March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Emory Speer