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Pennsylvania State Senate

Thomas S Bell



Session Position District Party
1837-1838 3 Democrat
1839 3 Democrat
1857 2 Democrat
1859 2 Democrat
 Counties   Chester, Delaware, Montgomery


1821 - 1862

The son of William and Jane (Sloan) Bell, Judge Thomas S. Bell was born in Philadelphia on October 22, 1800.  In May, 1821, he moved to West Chester, where he became an acclaimed private attorney; district attorney; a member of the state Senate, and served as president judge on several occasions.  On November 18, 1846, he was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and served until December 1, 1851, when the tenure of office was changed by the constitution.  He married Caroline Darlington and died in Philadelphia on June 6, 1861.  Their son, Thomas S. Jr., was a prominent Union officer, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 1862.