Chandler J. Wells

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Chandler J. Wells
Portrait of Chandler J. Wells
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by William G. Fargo
Succeeded by William Findlay Rogers
Personal details
Born June 10, 1814
Utica, New York
Died February 4, 1887(1887-02-04) (aged 72)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Jane Wheeler
Children two children

Chandler J. "Chan" Wells (1814–1887) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1866–1867. He was born in Utica, New York on June 10, 1814, where his mother had gone to recuperate, while Buffalo was being rebuilt after the December 1813 burning. Not long after that they returned to Buffalo. He became a joiner's apprentice and found employment with Benjamin Rathbun. On April 20, 1837, he married Susan Jane Wheeler. He then worked as a contractor and builder and at one time owned three saw-mills around western New York. Around 1857, Wells became interested in buildings grain elevators and constructed the "Wells Elevator," later known as the "Wheeler Elevator." He later constructed other grain elevators at Buffalo.[2]

In 1854, Wells was elected to his first public office, as alderman for the second ward. He held that office continuously until 1859. He was elected mayor on November 7, 1865, as the Republican candidate. In September 1866, Mayor Wells received General Ulysses Grant, President Andrew Johnson, and members of his cabinet on their visit to Buffalo. The Fenian uprising also occurred during 1866, with thousands of Fenians gathering in Buffalo. He did not seek a second term in office.[2]

After his term, in 1868, he was appointed to the Board of Water Commissioners and oversaw construction of the water inlet pier in the Niagara River. In 1870, Wells began importing sand for paving and building purposes from property purchased at Point Abino on Lake Erie He died on February 4, 1887, and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chandler J. Wells". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William G. Fargo
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
William Findlay Rogers