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WELLS, Daniel, Jr.

1808–1902

Biography

WELLS, Daniel, Jr., a Representative from Wisconsin; born in West Waterville, Maine, July 16, 1808; attended the public schools; taught school; engaged in the mercantile business at Palmyra, Maine; moved to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1838 and engaged in banking and lumbering pursuits; appointed probate judge of Milwaukee in 1838; member of the Territorial council 1838-1840; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Thirty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856; engaged in the development of railroads; a director of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad in 1865 and 1866; president of the La Crosse & Milwaukee Railroad, the Southern Minnesota Railroad, and the St. Paul & Minnesota Valley Railroad; died in Milwaukee, Wis., March 18, 1902; interment in Forest Home Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Milwaukee, WI
Papers: 1782-1932. 8 feet. The papers of Daniel Wells, Jr. contain personal, business, political, and travel correspondence, memoirs, notebooks, printed matter, and family papers. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Area Research Center

Milwaukee, WI
Papers: In the Henry Judkins Papers, 1848-1863, 1 folder. Subjects include Henry Judkins time working in the lumbering operations of Daniel Wells, Jr.
Papers: In the Harrison Ludington Papers, 1848-1890, 2 cubic feet. Subjects include Harrison Ludington’s business activities, particularly his partnership with Daniel Wells, Jr.
Papers: In the Horace A. Upham Papers, 1865-1901, 0.4 cubic foot. Legal papers concerning the suit, 1890-1895, of Daniel Wells, Jr., bondholder of the Fox and Wisconsin Improvement Company, vs. the Green Bay and Mississippi Canal Company, kept by Upham, an attorney for the plaintiff; including briefs, notices, arguments, and correspondence, 1865-1901, relating to the case.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Cushing, Gertrude W. Genealogy of the Wells family. Milwaukee: S. E. Tate & Company, printers, [1903?]

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