Member Biography

James Martin Bell 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1838-1839       8 Whig
1839       8 Whig
1840       8 Whig


12/07/1799 - 06/04/1870

James Martin Bell (Whig8) Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Union Counties, 1838-1840

Early Life:

James Martin Bell, born December 7, 1799, Bell’s Mills, Huntingdon County, (now Blair County) Pennsylvania; son of Edward and Mary Ann Martin Bell; subscription school education, Huntingdon County; studied law, admitted, Huntingdon Bar, 1826; engaged, private law practice, 1826; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1838-1840; moved, Huntingdon to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, 1845; engaged, invested, iron-business; entered, banking business; president, Huntingdon First National Bank; married Mary Page Ward, 1829; died, June 4, 1870, residence, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania; interment, Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Studied law under Robert Allison of Huntingdon; banking, organized state banks, Johnstown and Huntingdon; president, Huntingdon First National Bank.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 8th district, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Union Counties, 1838-1840.


Tombstone inscription:

Traveler to another state of existence spare this structure and the human relics it covers the same being the mortal remains of