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Charles W. Bell

Charles Webster Bell (June 11, 1857 – April 19, 1927) was a U.S. Representative from California.

Born in Albany, New York, Bell attended public schools. He moved to California in 1877 and settled in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, where he engaged in fruit growing and the real estate business. Moreover, he also served as a county clerk of Los Angeles County from 1899 to 1903. He was also a member of the state Senate from 1907 to 1912. In 1911 he was the Majority Leader in the California State Senate. Bell authored SCA 8 in 1911, which gave women the right to vote in California.[1] Bell was elected as a Progressive Republican to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915). However, he ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress. Bell was member of the Pasadena Republican Club.

After the end of his political services, Bell resumed his former business pursuits in Pasadena, California and became secretary of the Pasadena Mercantile Finance Corporation.

Bell died in Pasadena, California, on April 19, 1927 and was interred in Mountain View Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Charles W. Bell (id: B000334)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles H. Randall

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