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David Ames WELLS


David Ames WELLS, economist.


WELLS, David Ames was born in 1828 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America.


Graduate Williams University, 1847, Lawrence Scientific School, 1851.


Originally a geologist and chemist, he turned to economics in middle life. He was an able collector of statistics and his ability to draw worthwhile conclusions from imperfect material was considerable. Tariffs, currency, theory of money and taxation were his chief economic interest.

He became a determined free-trader. Chairman, United States National Revenue Commission, 1865-1866. Special Commission Revenue, 1866-1870.

Chairman, New York State Tax Commission, 1870-1876.