Samuel Wells

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Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells (Maine Governor).jpg
25th Governor of Maine
In office
January 3, 1856 – January 8, 1857
Preceded by Anson Morrill
Succeeded by Hannibal Hamlin
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1801-08-15)August 15, 1801
Durham, New Hampshire
Died July 15, 1868(1868-07-15) (aged 66)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Louisa Appleton
Children Samuel Wells (1836-1908)
Profession Lawyer

Samuel Wells (August 15, 1801 – July 15, 1868) was an American politician and the 25th Governor of Maine.


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.

A Democrat, Wells became Governor of Maine in 1856, chosen by the state legislature after none of the candidates in a three-way race obtained the popular vote majority required by law.

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.

He died in Boston on July 15, 1868.[1] Wells was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.


  1. ^ 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. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anson Morrill
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Hannibal Hamlin