Ran for President against Abraham Lincoln in 1860
1861 period patriotic imprint with illustration of John Bell with his printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Quote printed to his left, John Bell, in a recent secession speech at Knoxville, said, "For himself he had taken his position. The noose was probably around his neck, but he was frank to declare himself a rebel!" TRAITOR has been printed across his forehead in red.
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John Bell: (1797-1869) Born near Nashville, Tenn., he graduated from the University of Nashville in 1814, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1816, and commenced practice in Franklin, Tenn. Served as a U.S. Congressman from Tennessee, 1827-41. Was Speaker of the House, and Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. Served as U.S. Secretary of War in 1841 under President William Henry Harrison, and U.S. Senator, 1847-59. He was defeated for President of the United States in 1860 by Abraham Lincoln.