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WELLS, Erastus, a Representative from Missouri; born in Sackets Harbor, Jefferson
County, N.Y., December 2, 1823; attended the public schools; moved to St.
Louis, Mo., in 1842; established the first omnibus line in that city and
subsequently inaugurated the first street railroad company; member of the board
of aldermen of St. Louis 1853-1867; president of the Missouri Railroad Co.
1859-1883; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding
Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection
in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected to the Forty-sixth Congress (March
4, 1879-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; president
of the Laclede Gas Light Co. 1880-1883; died in St. Louis, Mo., October 2,
1893; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.