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BELL, JOHN S. (?–?). John S. Bell, early legislator, probably moved to Texas in the late 1830s. He was granted a conditional land certificate in San Augustine on December 23, 1839. He represented Shelby County in the House of the Fifth Congress, 1840–41, where he served on the Indian affairs, education, and engrossed bills committees. On November 1, 1844, he filed a claim against the Republic of Texas for provisions supplied the Sabine troops in August 1844. The claim was paid in 1852, when Bell was living at Shelbyville.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
Jeanette H. Flachmeier

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