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John Hendren BELL

Superintendent State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded

John Hendren BELL, American Superintendent State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded. Member of Medical Society of Virginia; American Psychiatric Association; American Association for Study of Epilepsy; First International Congress of Mental Hygiene; Phi Gamma Delta; Theta Nu Epsilon. Club: Rotary.

Background

BELL, John Hendren was born on November 19, 1883 in Augusta Company, Virginia, United States. Son of Doctor Samuel H. and Sarah Ellen (Cosby) Bell.

Education

Private School; Wash, and Lee University. University of Virginia Medical School. Medical College, of Virginia.

University of South Medical School: married Elizabeth S. Harlowe, April 8, 1909, Jordan Mines, Virginia Assistant Surgeon, United States Coal and Coke Company, 1909-1914. Assistant Surgeon, Wright Coal and Coke Company, 1915-1916. In private practice, Augusta Company, Virginia, 1916-1917.

Career

Commissioned First Lieutenant 60 F. A., Twentieth Division, 1918, Captain American Red Cross, 1920. Member, American Red Cross Commission to Balkans, 1920. On duty, Serbia and other Balkan States.

Major Medical Reserve Corps, United States Army, 1925-1929. First Assistant Physical 1921, Superintendent and Medical Director Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded, since 1925. Litigant before Supreme Court of the United States Court in case of Buck versus Bell in establishing a Constitutional Sterilization Act known as Chapter Northern 394 Act of Virginia Assembly, 1924.

Performed, First Legal Eugenic Sterilization, Virginia, 1927.

Membership

Member of Medical Society of Virginia. American Psychiatric Association. American Association for Study of Epilepsy.

First International Congress of Mental Hygiene. Phi Gamma Delta; Theta Nu Epsilon. Club: Rotary.