Historic Markers Across Tennessee

John Bell's Birthplace

Marker ID: THC 3A 76
Location: Nolensville Road at Barnes Road
County: Davidson
Waymark: None


The house of his birth, Feb. 18, 1796, was on this site. Graduate of Nashville's Cumberland College, 1814, he was a state senator in 1817 and member of Congress, 1827 to 1841, when appointed Secretary of War. He was nominated for the Presidency by the Constitutional Union Party in 1860. He died at Bear Spring, Sept. 10, 1869, and is buried in Nashville.