Portrait of Benjamin Bell.
Benjamin Bell (1852-1923) was born in Wilmington, NC. He joined the newspaper business at a young age, working for the Wilmington Journal. It is during his time at this newspaper that he met James W. Jackson. In 1877, the pair founded the Jackson & Bell printing firm. The firm published the Wilmington Messenger newspaper for several years before it was discontinued in 1908. The firm was also the first job printing business in Wilmington. Bell was elected an honorary member of the North Carolina Press Association in 1908. He remained at the head of Jackson & Bell until his death in 1923. Bell is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
Newspaper presses; Printing presses
Fisher, R.H. Biographical Sketches of Wilmington Citizens. Wilmington: Wilmington Stamp and Printing Company, 1929.
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