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Definition: Long-time political leader from Tennessee. He served in the House from 1827 to 1841, including being Speaker in 1834-1835. He was picked as Secretary of War by William Henry Harrison and survived as successor John Tyler's Secretary of War for a few months. Bell then served in the Senate from 1847 to 1859. A lifelong Democrat, he switched to the Whig Party in 1835. He was the 1860 presidential candidate of the Constitutional Union Party, which existed for a short time in the 1860s. Bell finished a distant last in the popular vote but earned more electoral votes than Stephen A. Douglas.

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