Major General Clarence Deshong Bell (R9) Chester, Delaware Counties 1961-2002
Clarence Deshong Bell, born February 4, 1914, Upland, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; son of Samuel and Belle; Ferndale High School, 1933; Swarthmore College (B.A.), 1935; Harvard Law School (LL.B.), 1938, Harvard Law School, (J.D.), 1970; United States Army Command and General Staff College; battery commander, Pennsylvania National Guard, World War II, 1941-1946; brigadier general, United States Army Reserve; attorney; elected, Republican Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1955-1960; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate (1961-2002); married Mary Isabel James; 2 children; died, while in office of the Senate, July 26, 2002, Upland, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; interment, Chester Rural Cemetery, city of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
United States. Army Command and General Staff College; major general, Pennsylvania National Guard (retired); served 38 years active Army, National Guard, Army Reserve; 62 months active duty WWII; attorney; admission to practice, Delaware County, state, federal court system; member, Masonic bodies, 33rd degree Mason.
Department of Veteran Affairs, Jewish War Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, B’nai B’rith, Legion of Merit, U.S. Army, Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal (2).
Elected, Republican Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1955-1960 not a candidate for reelection 1960.
Elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate, 1961-2002; chair, Consumer Protection & Professional licensure Committee, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee; vice-chair, Appropriations Committee; member, Military & Veterans Affairs, Rules and Executive Nominations, State Government, Transportation Committees; Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, 1981-1982; appointed, Pennsylvania appointed, Local Government Commission, 1965-1966; appointed, Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1967-1980; appointed, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, 1975-2002; appointed, Joint Legislative Historical and Museum Commission, 1985-1992; served until his death on July 26, 2002.
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Cited: Pennsylvania Manual, Biographies of Members of the Senate, pg. 3-12; Volume 114, December, 1999.