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John WELLS

(1817-1877)

WELLS, John, a Representative from New York; born in Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y., July 1, 1817; attended Johnstown Academy, and was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1835; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Palmyra, N.Y.; returned to Johnstown, N.Y., and continued the practice of law; elected judge of Fulton County and served from June 1847 until his resignation in December 1851, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in literary pursuits; died in Johnstown, N.Y., May 30, 1877; interment in Johnstown Cemetery.

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

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