W.S. Bell

William Stephen Bell

Full Name: William Stephen Bell
Date of birth: March 18, 1869
Date of death: June 22, 1919

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 29 Jan 14, 1919 - Jun 22, 1919 36th (1) (2)   Democrat Crowell / Foard   Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Jack, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young
H 103 Jan 9, 1917 - Jan 14, 1919 35th   Democrat Crowell / Foard   Foard, Hardeman, Knox
H 103 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Crowell / Foard   Foard, Hardeman, Knox
H 103 Sep 17, 1914 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd (3) (4)   Democrat Crowell / Foard   Foard, Hardeman, Knox

(1) In Senate, William Bledsoe, in special election 7/14/1919, sworn 7/17/1919, succeeded William S. Bell, died 6/21/1919. In House, Roy Baldwin, in special election 8/30/1919, sworn 5/20/1920, succeeded William H. Bledsoe, resigned 7/17/1919. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 36th Legislature - Member-elect in List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 5th, 1918, oath of office administered, 1/14/1919, pp. 1-2. Senate Journal.
(3) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 34th, 35th, and 36th Legislatures. Texas Legislative Manual.
(4) William S. Bell, sworn 9/17/1914, succeeded W.H. Ratliff, resigned after 1st Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Census of 1900 - William Bell, Foard County, born March 1869, age 31, from North Carolina, farmer.
    Census of 1910 - William S. Bell, Foard County, age 41, from North Carolina, farmer. FamilySearch. 1900 1910
  • William Stephen Bell, birth date 3/18/1868, death date 6/22/1919, occupation: State Senator, banker. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • W. Steve Bell, birth date 3/18/1869, death date 6/22/1919, burial in Crowell Cemetery, Foard County. Find a Grave.
  • 36th Legislature (1919) - W.S. Bell, Crowell, Foard County, nativity North Carolina, age 50, stockman and banker, Democrat, served in former sessions: 33rd, 34th, 35th House. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Occupation and religious affiliation, 34th Legislature. "Occupations of Members of Legislative House," 3/14/1915, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.


  • Photograph. W.S. Bell, 36th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.S. Bell, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.S. Bell, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

36th R.S. - 1919
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Land and Land Office (Vice Chair) 
Senatorial Districts  
Stock and Stock Raising  
35th R.S. - 1917
Agriculture (Chair) 
Common Carriers  
Congressional Districts  
Private Corporations  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Stock and Stock Raising  
34th R.S. - 1915
Banks and Banking (Chair) 
Congressional Districts  
Municipal Corporations  
State Affairs  
Stock and Stock Raising  
33rd R.S. - 1913
Banks and Banking  

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