John J. Bell
Born in Cuero, Texas, Bell attended the public schools. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1932 and from its law school in 1936. He was admitted to the bar in 1936 and commenced the practice of law in Cuero, Texas. He served in the State house of representatives 1937–1947. He served as president of a company operating compresses in Victoria, Shiner, Cuero, and Taft, Texas. During the Second World War served as a private in the United States Army from May 1944 to March 1945. He served as member of the State senate 1947–1954. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1948 and 1952.
Bell was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth Congress (January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957), when he was one of the majority of the Texan delegation to decline to sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto opposing the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1956. He was a lawyer, rancher, and farmer. He was a resident of Cuero, Texas, until his death January 24, 1963. He was interred in Hillside Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "John J. Bell (id: B000342)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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