Thomas Montgomery Bell

Thomas Montgomery Bell ( * March 17, 1861 in Cleveland, White County, Georgia, † March 18, 1941 in Gainesville, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1905 and 1931 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Bell visited both the common schools and a private school in Gainesville. He then studied at the Moore's Business University in Atlanta. From 1878 to 1879 he worked as a teacher in the schools of Cleveland, before he began a career as a traveling salesman in the following year. He represented companies in Atlanta and Baltimore ( Maryland). In 1885, he moved to Gainesville, where he followed the same occupation. From 1898 to 1904 Bell was an administrative employee at the Superior Court in Hall County.

Politically, Bell was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1904 he was in the ninth constituency of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Farish Carter Tate on March 4, 1905. After twelve re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1931 a total of 13 legislative periods. Between 1913 and 1915 he was there Democratic majority leader. In his time as a congressman was among other things the First World War. In addition, the 16th, the 17th, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted in those years. Since 1929 the work of the Congress was determined by the consequences of the world economic crisis.

1930, Thomas Bell was not nominated by his party for re-election. In the following years he worked as a representative of a marble company. He died on March 18, 1941 in Gainesville.