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David Ames Wells

David Ames Wells, American economist. member Cobden; member board arbitration Associate Rys.

Background

  • Wells, David Ames was born on June 17, 1828 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James and Rebecca (Ames) Wells.

  • Education

    • Graduate Williams College, 1847, Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard, 1851.

    Career

    • Published (with George Bliss) The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1850-1866. Chairman National Revenue Commission, 1865. Special commissioner revenue (post created for him), 1866-1870.

      Leading advocate of free trade policies, from 1868. Member Cobden Club; leading advocate of abolition of tariff. Chairman New York State Tax Commission, 1870.

      A receiver Alabama & Chattanooga R.R. Member board arbitration Associate Rys. Delegate Democratic nat. convs., several times.

      Strong advocate laissez faire, opposed depreciated monetary standards. Author: The Science of Common Things, 1857. Wells’s Principle and Applications of Chemistry, 1858.

      Wells’s First Principles of Geology, 1861. Wells’s Natural Philosophy, 1863. Our Burden and Our Strength (pamphlet which became prominent as 1st economics work in which he reassured foreign investors, people of the North by showing dynamic character of Northern economy), 1864.

      The Reports of the Special Commissioners of the Revenue, 1866-1869. The Relation of the Government to the Telegraph, 1873. True Story of the Leaden Statuary, 1874.

      Robinson Crusoe’s Money, 1876. The Silver Question, 1877. Why We Trade and How We Trade, 1878.

      A Primer of Tariff Reform, 1884. The Theory and Practice of Taxation, 1900.

    Works

    • Author: The Science of Common Things, 1857. Wells’s Principle and Applications of Chemistry, 1858. Wells’s First Principles of Geology, 1861.

      Wells’s Natural Philosophy, 1863. Our Burden and Our Strength (pamphlet which became prominent as 1st economics work in which he reassured foreign investors, people of the North by showing dynamic character of Northern economy), 1864. The Reports of the Special Commissioners of the Revenue, 1866-1869.

      The Relation of the Government to the Telegraph, 1873. True Story of the Leaden Statuary, 1874. Robinson Crusoe’s Money, 1876.

      The Silver Question, 1877. Why We Trade and How We Trade, 1878. A Primer of Tariff Reform, 1884.

      The Theory and Practice of Taxation, 1900.

    Membership

    Member Cobden; member board arbitration Associate Rys.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Sanford Dwight, May 9, 1860.
    • father: James Wells
    • mother: Rebecca (Ames) Wells
    • spouse: Mary Sanford Dwight
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    Died November 5, 1898
    (aged 70)
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