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

Biography

Bell was born in 1827 near Jefferson, Georgiamarker. He taught school for two years, studied law, was admitted to the Georgia bar later in 1849 and became a practicing lawyer in Cumming, Georgiamarker. Bell was a member of the Georgia secession convention but opposed the Ordinance of Secession. He served as a Georgia commissioner to work with the state of Tennesseemarker 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, Georgiamarker, on August 17, 1907, and was buried in the Cumming Cemetery.

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