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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

A[rthur] F. BELL, attorney at law, Belle Plaine, was born in Union County, Pa., Dec. 8, 1837, and is the son of Benjamin and Lydia (Miller) Bell. He was brought up in his native county and was educated at the Missionary Institute of Bellefonte, Centre County. He studled law at Middleburg, and was admitted to the bar in 1860. He entered upon the practice of his profession, and continued at Middleburg two years. At the expiration of that time he concluded to adopt Greeley's advice and go West, so he started for the Prairie State and located at Mendota. He remained there only one year, however, then came to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he spent a year in the fine stock business and then came to his present location, arriving March 9, 1866. He at once engaged in the practice of law and has made this his home continuously since.

Mr. Bell was married at Bellefonte, Pa., Dec. 25, 1859, to Miss Rebecca Chamberlain, who was born in New Berlin, Union Co., Pa. One child was born of their union, a daughter named Anna. Mr. Bell is a Democrat in politics, and since being a resident of Iowa has never been ambitious of public office, although he has served eight years as City Attorney for Belle Plaine. He received the nomination and was candidate for the office of Circuit Judge for the 8th Judicial District of Iowa, in 1875, but being on the ticket of the great minority was defeated. He has been in constant practice at this place for twenty years and is widely and favorably known.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 217.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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