Charles Wells (American politician)

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Charles Wells
Charles Wells 4th Mayor of Boston.png
4th Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded byHarrison Gray Otis
Succeeded byTheodore Lyman
Member of the
Boston, Massachusetts
Board of Aldermen[1]
In office
1829[1] – 1830[1]
Member of the
Boston, Massachusetts
Common Council[1]
In office
1822[1] – 1822[1]
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
In office
1834[1] – 1834[1]
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate[1]
In office
1829[1] – 1832[1]
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
In office
1826[1] – 1826[1]
Personal details
BornDecember 30, 1786[1][2]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]<
DiedJune 3, 1866(1866-06-03) (aged 79)[3]
Boston, Massachusetts[2]
Spouse(s)Nancy Gardner[1]

Charles Wells (December 30, 1786 – June 3, 1866) was an American politician, who served in both branches of the Massachusetts legislature,[1] as a member of Boston's Common Council in 1822, on the Board of Aldermen from 1829 to 1830[3] and as the fourth mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1832 to 1833.

Early life[edit]

Wells was born to Thomas and Elizabeth (White) Wells[1] in Boston on December 30, 1786.[1][2]

Marriage and family[edit]

Wells married Nancy Gardner of Boston, the couple had two sons and three daughters.[1]


Wells was mayor for two terms from 1832 to 1834. During his tenure as Mayor the Suffolk County court house was erected. Blackstone Street was laid out and Broad and Commercial Streets were extended.[1]

Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association[edit]

Wells was also the President of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Boston Directory for the Year 1851, Boston, MA: George Adams, 1851, p. 7
  2. ^ a b c Hartford Daily Courant (June 5, 1866), Personal and Political, Hartford, Ct: Hartford Courant, p. 2.
  3. ^ a b Koren, John Koren (1922), Boston, 1822 to 1922: The story of its government and principal activities During One Hundred Years, Boston, Ma: City of Boston, p. 22.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harrison Gray Otis
4thMayor of Boston, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Theodore Lyman