1797 – He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on 15th day of February this year.
1827 – He was a member of the Democratic Party, and he worked as a lawyer until being elected to House of Representatives this year.
1841 – He joined the Whig Party and President William Harrison appointed him as Secretary of War in this year.
1847 – He returned to politics when he was elected as U.S. senator for Tennessee in this year.
1854 – This year he opposed efforts to expand slavery and voted against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
1860 – The Southern slaveholders were outraged when the Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln as its presidential candidate. He was defeated by Lincoln who won this year election. Bell initially opposed secession; however, he later gave his full support to President Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Army.
1969 – He died in Dover, Tennessee, on 10th day of September this year.