John Bell

Anna S & Jariah D

Description

Born on Tennessee, Bell served on the state legislature for a very short time. He was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1827. He started off as a democrat, but converted to a Whig until the party died out. When it did, he helped found the Constitutional Union Party with other former Whigs. In 1847 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He tended to have a moderate opinion on slavery, although there was extreme controversy about the topic. In 1854 he did not support the admission of Kansas under the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution, and was denounced in the South. He opposed secession in the war, but also did not believe that Lincoln should force the Union to be preserved. He was also nominated in the 1860 election on the Constitutional Union Party ticket. Throughout his career he tended to have a moderate opinion on major controversial issues.


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Significance

One of the major accomplishments of John Bell was his influence in the formation of the Constitutional Union Party. He also managed to win the vote of a few states in the 1860 election, but did not receive any substantial support. While he did not majorly influence any major events in American history, he managed to be a part of its political history. Because his ideals were more neutral, he did not create an massive controversies. He was one of the few that took a level-headed approach to the crisis and did not go insane when everyone else was.

Sources

"John Bell." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.

"John Bell." Photos/Illustrations. Library of Congress. American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.