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Guide to the Papers of Charles H. Bell, 1842 - 1893Manuscript MS-619

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Guide to the Papers of Charles H. Bell, 1842 - 1893

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-619

Collection Dates:

1842 - 1893

Size of Collection:

1 box (.5 linear ft.)


Charles Henry Bell, born 1823; died 1893;Dartmouth Class of 1844; and Governor of the State of New Hampshire, 1881-1883. Correspondence documenting his career as a lawyer and politician from Exeter. Some letters relate to New Hampshire in the Civil War and to prohibition.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Charles Henry Bell consist primarily of letters to Bell, 1842 - 1893, in conjunction with his roll as an attorney and politician from Exeter, New Hampshire. Some letters from the Civil War period discuss the activities of N.H. regiments in the war. The papers also contain his cash book, 1850 - 1855, and undated notes on legal forms.


Charles Henry Bell was born November 18, 1823, in Chester, New Hampshire, the son of John and Persis (Thom) Bell. He attended Pembroke Academy and Phillips Exeter, before entering Dartmouth College; he graduated from Dartmouth in 1844. After college, he studied law, practicing in Exeter. After giving up the active practice of law in 1868, Bell spent most of his time in research and writing, publishing several historical and biographical works, including the Bench and Bar of New Hampshire, and a history of the town of Exeter. He was president of the New Hampshire Historical Society, 1868-1887.

Bell represented Exeter in the New Hampshire state legislature in both House and Senate, holding, at different times, the office of Speaker of the House and president of the Senate. In March 1879, he was appointed by Governor Benjamin Franklin Prescott to serve out a seat in the U.S. Senate; and was governor of the State of New Hampshire from 1881-1883.

Bell died in Exeter, November 11, 1893.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1842-1893

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1842-1849
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1850-1855
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1856-1859
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1860-1862
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1863-1865
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, 1866-1869
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence, 1870-1875
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence , 1876-1879
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, 1880-1884
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, 1885-1890
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, 1890-1893
  • Folder: 12, Notes on Legal Forms , undated
  • Folder: 13, Memorandum of Cash Payments, 1850-1855

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