James W. Bell
J. W. BELL is one of the bright young lawyers of Nome. He is a native of Newburn, Tenn., and was born August 2,
1870. When he was thirteen years old he
moved to California. He attended Stanford
University, and was graduated in 1897. He
resided, while in California, in Fresno and Visalia. During Cleveland's administration his
father was receiver in the land office at Visalia.
After his graduation he took an elementary
course in law, and subsequently read law in
Visalia. He was admitted to the bar March
13, 1900, and on April 21 succeeding, left
California for Nome.
When he arrived in the
new mining camp he took a flyer at mining, but
did not strike anything rich. October 2, 1900,
he entered the District Clerk's office as assistant,
and was appointed deputy district clerk February 19, 1901 , to succeed John T. Reed, who
went outside that winter. He resigned in July
of that year and went to San Francisco with Judge Noyes, attending the famous trial
in the contempt cases in the United States Circuit Court at San Francisco. He returned to Nome on one of the last steamers of the season, and has since engaged in
the practice of his profession. He was city attorney in 1903.
Mr. Bell is an orator of recognized ability, possessing an excellent voice, an
extensive and well stocked vocabulary, and a command of words which makes him a
conspicuous figure in public assemblages or before a jury.
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.