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John C. Bell (I)


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-07-1859 Democratic AD-18 2907 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: 1831 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Killed (in office): April 15, 1860 in Sacramento, CA*

  • OUCH: According to Political Graveyard; "During an argument just outside the Assembly session in the California State Capitol, [Bell] was shot at (the bullets missed) and stabbed by Dr. William H. Stone on April 11th (also a member of the Assembly), and died four days later, in Sacramento." The argument began when Bell told Stone that "Doctor, I am going to defeat your measure.", referring to a bill that proposed to change the boundary between El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. 
  • This is not the same John C. Bell as the US Senator, House Speaker, Secretary of War, and US Presidential Candidate from Tennessee.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: "Sacramento City Cemetary 1849-2000" (accessed 4/14/2012)