William Bell, Jr. (August 23, 1828 – July 16, 1902) was a Democratic politician in the U.S. state of Ohio who held many local offices, served in the Ohio House of Representatives, and was Ohio Secretary of State 1875-1877.
William Bell, Jr. was born in Utica, Licking County, Ohio in 1828. He attended the common schools and the Martinsburg Academy. He was elected Licking County Sheriff in 1852 and served two years. He was appointed postmaster of Newark July, 1855 by Franklin Pierce, and re-appointed by James Buchanan in 1856. Bell was again elected sheriff in 1858, serving four years, elected county auditor in 1863, serving seven years.
Bell was elected to represent Licking County in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1871, and re-elected in 1873 to the 60th and 61st General Assemblies. He resigned when he was elected later in 1874 to Ohio Secretary of State, defeating incumbent Republican Allen T. Wikoff. He served two years, but was defeated for re-election by Milton Barnes.
Bell was appointed Commissioner of Railroads and Telegraphs in 1878, and served two years. In 1881, he was elected from Franklin County to the legislature, and served two years in the 65th General Assembly. He returned to Newark, and was elected Mayor in 1892, and served two years. He was again elected auditor in 1894, and served six years. He returned to the House of Representatives in 1900-1903 for the 74th and 75 General Assemblies.
Bell was a Campbellite.
Bell was married to Lizzie O. Ochletree, of Newark, January 1, 1856. Their children were Sam C., Virginia M., and Maggie O.