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Lewis Bell Papers

Identifier: DC0305s

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a printed copy of the Rev. J. Jones Smyth's address given at Davidson in 1855 and four documents. The printed speech has handwritten notes on the back cover. The documents include a list of Davidson College students with grade averages for the period 1865 to 1868, a recipe for Mothers Bitters, an 1870 employment contract between Bell and patrons of Davidson River Academy, and an 1871 donation solication letter from the Eumenean Literary Society.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1855-1871 and undated

Biographical / Historical

John Lewis Bellm 1849-1935, was a member of the class of 1870. While as student, he was a member of the Eumenean Literary Society. After graduation, he taught in several towns in North and South Carolina including Davidson River, Bachelor's Retreat, and Brevard as well as in Gainesville, Alabama. He also served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and as a Superior Court Clerk. He married Mary E. Copeland and had five children.


1 folders (1 folder)



Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2009-83 -|Gift of Paul Heidmann, who purchased the documents at an estate sale. Some documents were housed with the commencement program collection.

Processing Information

Processed on 09/03/2009

Lewis Bell Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository