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BELL, Charles Henry, governor of New Hampshire, born in Chester, New Hampshire, 18 November 1823. His father, John Bell*b. in Londonderry, New Hampshire, about 1765 ; died in Chester, New Hampshire, 22 March 1836-was a brother of Governor Samuel Bell, and was himself governor of New Hampshire in 1829-'30. Charles Henry was graduated at Dartmouth in 1844 and studied law. He has presided over both branches of the New Hampshire legislature, and from March till June 1879, by the governor's appointment, filled a vacancy in the United States senate. From 1881 till 1883 he was governor of New Hampshire, elected on the republican ticket. He has practiced law twenty years, during ten of which he was prosecuting attorney for Rocking-ham County, and has been president of the New Hampshire historical society since 1867. He has published "Men and Things of Exeter, New Hampshire" (Exeter, 1871); " Exeter in 1776" (1876); "John Wheelwright" (published by the Prince society, Boston, 1876) ; "Phillips Exeter Academy" (Exeter, 1883); " Memorial of John T. Gilman, M. D." (1885); and various addresses.
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