|6th Governor of Nevada|
September 21, 1890 – January 5, 1891
|Preceded by||Charles C. Stevenson|
|Succeeded by||Roswell K. Colcord|
|8th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada|
|Governor||Charles C. Stevenson|
|Preceded by||Samuel W. Chubbuck|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Poujade|
Francis Jardine Bell
January 28, 1840
Toronto, Upper Canada (modern Ontario, Canada)
|Died||February 13, 1927 (aged 87)|
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Masonic Memorial Gardens|
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
(m. 1872; died 1925)
Bell was born on January 28, 1840, in Toronto, in the province of Upper Canada (a British colony at the time; Confederation would not be achieved until another 27 years after his birth). He was educated in the common schools of his native country. He was a distant cousin to Alexander Graham Bell. He married Mary Poore on July 9, 1872, in Reno, Nevada and they had two children.
Bell came to Nevada in 1858, to supervise the construction of a transcontinental telegraph line though the state from Utah to California. He worked on this project until 1860. Later, Bell became a telegraph operator and was one of operators who telegraphed Nevada's Constitution to Washington D.C. in 1864.
Bell served as warden of the Nevada State Prison from 1883 to 1887. In 1889, he was appointed the eighth lieutenant governor by Charles C. Stevenson. He became acting governor when Governor Stevenson signed a disability certificate on September 1, 1890, making him Nevada's first foreign-born governor. During his tenure, he continued to carry out the policies of the Stevenson administration.
Bell did not seek a full term, serving until the inauguration of Roswell K. Colcord in 1891. He then returned to his work in the telephone and telegraph field. He continued to be politically active. He served as Warden of the Nevada State Prison from 1893 to 1895 and as justice of the peace from 1905 to 1909.