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 and 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; engaged, 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 and 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


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

James Martin Bell (1799-1870) - Find a Grave Memorial