|Joshua Fry Bell historic marker #198, Pineville, Ky.|
Bell served alongside fellow Kentuckians William Butler and John Crittenden at the Peace Conference of 1861, a last-ditch effort to avoid Civil War.
From 1863 to 1867, Bell served in the Kentucky House of Representatives. During this time, the county bearing Bell's name was formed. In fact, the county's official name was "Josh Bell County" until 1873.