Sarah Buford
Mrs. James Franklin Bell

Washington D.C.
December 22, 1943

Mrs. James F. Bell
Widow of Army Chief of Staff, 1906-1910
Dies in Capital at 86

Mrs. James Franklin Bell, widow of Major General Bell, died at her home here today at the age of 86.  Her husband, who died in 1919, was Chief of Staff of the Army from 1906 to 1910, in the Theodore Roosevelt Administration.  He commanded the Seventy-seventh Division (New York) during its training period in the First World War but his health made it impossible for him to accompany it to France.

Mrs. Bell shared a long career with her husband, in which he achieved unusual distinction.  They were married in 1881, less than three years after he was graduated from West Point.  In 1898 she saw him go to the Philippines in command of a volunteer regiment - a Lieutenant in the regular Army, but a temporary Colonel.  With a very few years he achieved general rank and only eight years later stepped into the position now held by General George C. Marshall.

Mrs. Bell had lived in quiet retirement in recent years, sharing a home with her brother Thomas J. Buford, who survives as does a sister, Mrs. E. A. Garlington.  (The Garlington family is also chronicled in my Buford Families in America book of 2005)

A funeral service will be held Friday in Arlington National Cemetery where Mrs. Bell will be buried beside her husband.



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