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Jesse Spencer Bell Papers

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Bell (Jesse Spencer) Papers

Papers of Jesse Spencer Bell

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Bell, J. Spencer (Jesse Spencer), 1906-1967
Jesse Spencer Bell papers
Date [inclusive]
30.0 Items
Primarily routine correspondence of a state senator from Mecklenburg County and U.S. Circuit Court judge. Includes letters from presidents Kennedy and Johnson and from members of the federal judiciary. Also includes items relating to his attempt (1957) to establish the North Carolina Stonewall Jackson Memorial Fund.

Preferred Citation note

J. Spencer Bell Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Jesse Spencer Bell was born in Charlotte on April 1, 1906 to James A. and Jessie Spencer Bell. He was a graduate of Duke University (A.B., 1927) and UNC at Chapel Hill (LL.B., 1930). He was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1929 and practiced law in Charlotte following his graduation from law school. During World War II, he served to the rank of major in the field artillery. In 1943, he married Katherine "Kitty" Castellet. Bell was named to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. He died in Charlotte on March 19, 1967. [See also Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 1979, vol. 1:130.]

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Scope and Contents note

Primarily correspondence, with letters from Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, U.S. Supreme Court justices William J. Brennan Jr. and Abe Fortas, and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Papers also reflect his interest in Confederate general T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Includes photograph of Judge and Mrs. Bell.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. J. Spencer Bell, 1987

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • North Carolina--Politics and government--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Bell, J. Spencer (Jesse Spencer), 1906-1967
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963


  • Judges--North Carolina--Correspondence
  • Legislators--North Carolina--Correspondence

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder


SFC1 133
Box Folder item

Photograph--Spencer Bell with wife, Katherine, at the "Hermitage," Nashville, Tenn. 1965   1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

1 photographic print (P133/1)

P12 1 P133/1