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BELL, Hiram Parks, lawyer, born in Jackson County, Georgia, 27 January 1827. He received an academic education, taught school for two years, read law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and has since practiced at Cumming, Georgia He was a candidate for presidential elector on the Bell ticket in 1860, and opposed the secession ordinance in the convention of 1861. He was a member of the state senate in 1861, and resigned to enter the confederate army, being commissioned captain in March 1862. He became colonel of the 43d Georgia regiment, was dangerously wounded at the battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi, 29 December 1862, and resigned soon afterward. He was a member of the Confederate congress in 1864 and 1865, and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1873 till 1875, and again from 1877 till 1879. He was a delegate to the St. Louis convention of 1876, which nominated Mr. Tilden for the presidency. In congress Mr. Bell favored using the proceeds of the sale of public lands for educational purposes.
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