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Daniel WELLS, Jr.

(1808-1902)

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.

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

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