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Alfred WELLS

(1814-1867)

WELLS, Alfred, a Representative from New York; born in Dagsboro, Sussex County, Del., May 27, 1814; pursued classical studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y.; one of the owners of the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser 1839-1853; district attorney of Tompkins County, N.Y., 1845-1847; judge of Tompkins County Court from 1847 to 1851; attended the Anti-Nebraska Conventions at Saratoga and Auburn in 1854; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1860; appointed United States assessor of internal revenue at Ithaca in 1862 and served until his death in Ithaca, N.Y., July 18, 1867; interment in the City Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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