|25th Governor of Maine|
January 3, 1856 – January 8, 1857
|Preceded by||Anson Morrill|
|Succeeded by||Hannibal Hamlin|
August 15, 1801|
Durham, New Hampshire
|Died||July 15, 1868
Samuel Wells was born in Durham, New Hampshire on August 15, 1801. He was educated at local schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar.
Wells had a successful career as an attorney in Maine, living successively in Waterville, Hallowell, and Portland. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1836 to 1840. Wells was an associate justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1847 to 1854.
He was unsuccessful in his re-election bid and left office on January 8, 1857. After leaving office, he moved to Boston and practiced law.
- There is a brief account of his life in an obituary of his son Samuel (1836–1903), a lawyer and member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Green, Charles Montraville (1907). "Memoir of Samuel Wells, A.B.". Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts (The Society): 27–31. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
- Samuel Wells at Find a Grave
- Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
- Samuel Wells at National Governors Association
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