Frank Bell (governor)

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Frank Bell
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6th Governor of Nevada
In office
September 21, 1890 – January 5, 1891
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Charles C. Stevenson
Succeeded by Roswell K. Colcord
8th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
Governor Charles C. Stevenson
Preceded by Samuel W. Chubbuck
Succeeded by Joseph Poujade
Personal details
Born (1840-01-28)January 28, 1840
Toronto, Upper Canada (modern Ontario, Canada)
Died February 13, 1927(1927-02-13) (aged 87)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Resting place Masonic Memorial Gardens
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Republican

Francis Jardine "Frank" Bell (January 28, 1840 – February 13, 1927) was a Canadian-born American politician. He was the sixth Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Republican Party.


Bell was born on January 28, 1840, in Toronto, in the province of Upper Canada (a British colony at the time; Confederation would not be achieved until another 27 years after his birth). He was educated in the common schools of his native country. He was a distant cousin to Alexander Graham Bell. He married Mary Poore on July 9, 1872 in Reno Nevada and they had two children.[1]


Bell came to Nevada in 1858, to supervise the construction of a transcontinental telegraph line though the state from Utah to California. He worked on this project until 1860. Later, Bell became a telegraph operator and was one of operators who telegraphed Nevada's Constitution to Washington D.C. in 1864.

Bell served as warden of the Nevada State Prison from 1883 to 1887. In 1889, he was appointed the eighth lieutenant governor by Charles C. Stevenson. He became acting governor when Governor Stevenson signed a disability certificate on September 1, 1890, making him Nevada's first foreign-born governor.[2] During his tenure, he continued to carry out the policies of the Stevenson administration.

Bell did not seek a full term, serving until the inauguration of Roswell K. Colcord in 1891. He then returned to his work in the telephone and telegraph field. He continued to be politically active. He served as Warden of the Nevada State Prison from 1893 to 1895 and as justice of the peace from 1905 to 1909.[3]


Bell died on February 13, 1927, in his daughter's home in Oakland, California, at the age of 87. He is interred at Masonic Memorial Gardens in Reno, Nevada.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank Bell (governor)". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Frank Bell (governor)". Nevada Culture. org. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Frank Bell (governor)". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Stevenson
Governor of Nevada
1890 – 1891
Succeeded by
Roswell K. Colcord
Preceded by
Samuel W. Chubbuck
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
1889 – 1890
Succeeded by
Joseph Poujade