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Lawyer

Wells Howard Blodgett, American lawyer. awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, “for most distinguished gallantry at Newtonia, Mo. Member Missouri House of Representatives, 1866-1868, Senate, 1868-1872.

Background

Blodgett, Wells Howard was born on January 29, 1839 in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, United States. Son of Israel P. and Avis (Dodge) Blodgett.

Education

Educated Illinois Institute (now Wheaton College). Admitted to bar. 1861. First Lieutenant 37th Illinois Infantry, August, 1861.

Captain, January 1, 1863. Judge-advocate Army Frontier, with rank major of cavalry, March 10, 1863. Lieutenant colonel 48th Missouri Infantry, September 14, 1864.

Colonel, November 22, 1864. Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, “for most distinguished gallantry at Newtonia, Missouri, September 30, 1862”. Honorary mustered out June 29, 1865.

Career

Member Missouri House of Representatives, 1866-1868, Senate, 1868-1872. Assistant attorney, 1873-1874. General attorney, 1874-1879, St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern R.R.

General solicitor, Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway, 1879-1884. General counsel for receiver, Wabash lines, 1884-1889. General solicitor, Wabash R.R., 1889-1900, Vice-President and general counsel, 1900-1909, and counsel for receivers, same corporation, December 1911-November 1915.

Home: St. Louis, Mo.

Membership

Member Missouri House of Representatives, 1866-1868, Senate, 1868-1872.

Connections

Married Emma Dickson, of Waukegan, Illinois, July 20, 1865.

father:
Israel P. Blodgett

mother:
Avis (Dodge) Blodgett

spouse:
Emma Dickson