Military Wiki
Advertisement
J. Spencer Bell
a black-and-white picture of a 21-year-old man wearing a white shirt, tie and sport coat, from his college yearbook
1927 Duke University Yearbook (age 21)
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

In office
September 27, 1961 – March 19, 1967
Appointed by John F. Kennedy
Preceded by Seat established by 75 Stat. 80
Succeeded by John D. Butzner Jr.
Personal details
Born Jesse Spencer Bell
(1906-04-01)April 1, 1906
Charlotte, North Carolina
Died March 19, 1967(1967-03-19)
Committees Bell Commission (1950s)

Jesse Spencer Bell (April 1, 1906 – March 19, 1967) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Education and career[]

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1927 and after studying at Harvard Law School received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1930. Bell was in private practice of law in Charlotte from 1930 to 1961. He served in the United States Army in field artillery, achieving the rank of major.

He was a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1957 to 1961.[1] In the 1950s, he chaired the Committee on Improving and Expediting the Administration of Justice in North Carolina, also known as the Bell Commission.[2] He was a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention.[3]

Federal judicial service[]

Bell was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on September 14, 1961, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, to a new seat created by 75 Stat. 80. Bell was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 23, 1961, and received his commission on September 27, 1961. His service was terminated on March 19, 1967, due to his death.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1
    • J. Spencer Bell at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. "Archived copy". http://www.aoc.state.nc.us/www/copyright/resource/mod3.html. 
  3. Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Bell". http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/bell.html#RQK0TBHP0. 

Sources[]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 75 Stat. 80
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1961–1967
Succeeded by
John D. Butzner Jr.

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).
Advertisement