Bell, Samuel D. Justice and Sheriff: Practical Forms for the Use of Justices of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners and Constables, Containing Forms of Proceedings and the Revised Statutes of New Hampshire, Relating to the Duties of Those Officers. (Concord, NH: G. Parker Lyon, 1843) – Not in Sabin
12mo. i-xv, 432 pages. Hardcover. Calf covered boards with red leather label stamped in gilt.
Condition: VG, some foxing to pages, a few folding or bumps to pages. Moderate wear to calf, hinges solid. A couple of corners bumped.
Provenance: Ebenezer H. Berry, Esq. (1812-1880)
Samuel Bell (February 9, 1770 – December 23, 1850) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 14th Governor of New Hampshire from 1819 to 1823, and as the United States Senator for New Hampshire from 1823 to 1835. Born in Londonderry in the Province of New Hampshire, Bell became a lawyer in the 1790s, and entered politics by becoming a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1804. In 1806, the year he left the House, he became the head of a bank which during his tenure in that position became the only New Hampshire bank to fail between 1792 and 1840. A member of the New Hampshire Senate from 1807 to 1809, and an associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1816 to 1819, Bell was elected to become the Governor of New Hampshire in 1819 as Democratic-Republican. Re-elected in 1820, 1821, and 1822 against token opposition, Bell’s victory in 1822 was accompanied by the largest share of votes cast for a governor candidate of New Hampshire since John Taylor Gilman’s victory in 1795. Whilst Governor, New Hampshire’s crime level fell, and industry within the state prospered. In 1823, declining to stand again for the governorship, he became a Senator for New Hampshire. He won re-election in 1829, was the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Claims, and left the Senate in 1835. He retired from public life thereafter, and died in Chester, New Hampshire at the age of 80. He is buried in Chester Village Cemetery, Rockingham, New Hampshire.