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J. Ross Bell John Ross Bell
Full Name: John Ross Bell
Date of birth: May 25, 1857
Date of death: April 15, 1927

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 41 Jan 12, 1909 - Jan 10, 1911 31st   Democrat Fairfield / Freestone   Freestone
H 41 Jan 8, 1907 - Jan 12, 1909 30th   Democrat Fairfield / Freestone   Freestone
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, "Another Candidate for State Senator: Judge Ross Bell of Fairfield Wants to Succeed Harper," 10/6/1910, p. 1. Judge Ross Bell of Fairfield, Freestone County, was a candidate for State Senator in 1910 to succeed Judge A.J. Harper (Senate District 12). Bell served in the legislature "the past four years, and was not a candidate for reelection in the late primaries." Bryan Eagle.
  • Biographical sketch, Judge J. Ross Bell, Volume V, pp. 2251-2252. Member of 30th-31st Legislatures from Freestone County, birth date 5/25/1858 in North Carolina, marriage to Bessie Anderson 12/22/1891. A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.
  • Other Resources
  • Census of 1900 - John Ross Bell, Freestone County, age 42, birth date May 1858 in North Carolina, lawyer, wife Bessie Bell, daughters Gladys and Vivian.
    Census of 1910 - J. Ross Bell, Freestone County, age 52, born circa 1858 in North Carolina, lawyer, sife Bessie Bell, daughter Gladys. FamilySearch. 1900 1910
  • J. Ross Bell, birth date 5/25/1857 (on grave marker), death date 4/15/1927, wedding photograph of Bessie Anderson and J. Ross Bell, interment in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Freestone County. Find a Grave.
  • "Resolutions of Respect," memorial adopted by the Limestone County Bar Association on the death of Judge J. Ross Bell, Judge of the 87th District Court, Limestone County, 5/6/1927, p. 4. Groesbeck Journal.
  • "J. Ross Bell Laid to Rest at Fairfield," Mexia Weekly Herald, 4/22/1927, p. 3. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 30th Legislature (1907) - J. Ross Bell, postoffice Fairfield, nativity North Carolina, age 48 (born circa 1859), lawyer, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. J. Ross Bell, 30th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. Ross Bell, 31st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 30th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 31st session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, north wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    31st 1st C.S. - 1909
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Liquor Traffic  
    Revenue and Taxation  
    31st R.S. - 1909
    Commerce and Manufactures  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Liquor Traffic  
    30th R.S. - 1907
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
    Revenue and Taxation  

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