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Bell, Charles J.
Ex-Gov. CHARLES J. BELL.
Charles J. Bell was born in Walden, March 16, 1845. He was educated in the common schools and at the age of 17 enlisted in 1862 as a private in the Fifteenth Vermont Infantry. He reenlisted in Company C, First Vermont Cavalry and was made a corporal. He engaged in farming on his discharge from the army and followed that call successfully all his life. In 1882 he represented Walden in the Legislature. He served in the Senate of 1894, was railroad commissioner 1895-96; member of the Board of Agriculture 1897-1904 and the secretary for six years and cattle commissioner 1898-1902. He was elected Governor of Vermont in 1904, serving until 1906. When the Vermont State Grange was organized in 1872 he was elected treasurer and held the position until he was elected master in 1894. He was a member of the national executive committee for several years. He died suddenly on a train in New York City. Sept. 25, 1909.
Biographical sketches of Vermonters, 1947, Page 66