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Samuel Wells

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Samuel Wells August 15, 1801 – July 15, 1868 was an American politician and the 25th Governor of Maine


Samuel Wells was born in Durham, New Hampshire on August 15, 1801 He was educated at local schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar

Wells had a successful career as an attorney in Maine, living successively in Waterville, Hallowell, and Portland He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1836 to 1840 Wells was an associate justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1847 to 1854

A Democrat, Wells became Governor of Maine in 1856, chosen by the state legislature after none of the candidates in a three-way race obtained the popular vote majority required by law

He was unsuccessful in his re-election bid and left office on January 8, 1857 After leaving office, he moved to Boston and practiced law

He died in Boston on July 15, 18681 Wells was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland


  1. ^ There is a brief account of his life in an obituary of his son Samuel 1836–1903, a lawyer and member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Green, Charles Montraville 1907 "Memoir of Samuel Wells, AB" Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts The Society: 27–31 Retrieved 2008-09-06 

External linksedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  • Samuel Wells at National Governors Association
Political offices
Preceded by
Anson Morrill
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Hannibal Hamlin

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