Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio

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Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio
Municipalities and townships of Jefferson County
Municipalities and townships of Jefferson County
Coordinates: 40°15′43″N 80°39′45″W / 40.26194°N 80.66250°W / 40.26194; -80.66250Coordinates: 40°15′43″N 80°39′45″W / 40.26194°N 80.66250°W / 40.26194; -80.66250
Country United States
State Ohio
County Jefferson
 • Total 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 • Land 27.1 sq mi (70.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,130
 • Density 115.6/sq mi (44.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-82698[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086390[1]

Wells Township is one of the fourteen townships of Jefferson County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 3,130 people in the township, 3,128 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]


Located in the southeastern part of the county along the Ohio River, it borders the following townships:

Brooke County, West Virginia lies across the Ohio River to the east.

Part of the village of New Alexandria is located in northern Wells Township. As well, two unincorporated communities lie in Wells Township: Brilliant in the east, and Weems in the northwest.

Name and history[edit]

Wells Township was founded in 1823.[4] It was named for Bezaleel Wells, a founder of Steubenville.[5]

It is the only Wells Township statewide.[6]


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[7] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Jefferson County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ Doyle, Joseph Beatty (1910). 20th Century History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. p. 474. 
  5. ^ Hunter, W.H. (1900). "The Pathfinders of Jefferson County Supplementary to vol VI". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications VIII: 226. 
  6. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  7. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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