Biography of Wells S. Dickinson
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Wells S. Dickinson, also a son of Joshua, was born in Bangor August 16, 1828, and at the age of eighteen years became a partner with his father in the mercantile business and also in the manufacture of potato starch. The latter interest soon commanded more of his attention than any other, and at one time he was the owner, in whole or in part, of no less than eight starch mills in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, besides being the principal dealer in the commodity in this section of the State. He served the town of Bangor as supervisor for a number terms, was elected to the Assembly in 1859, and to the State Senate in 1871 and again in 1873. Next to William A. Wheeler, whose chief politica1 lieutenant he was, he had more infuence and evinced more interest in politics than any other Republican in the county. He was three times a delegate to national conventions, and it was principally through his efforts and enthusiasm that the nomination for Vice President came to Mr. Wheeler in 1876. Later he was the representative of the Northern Pacific R. R. for a number of years in marketing its lands and building towns in Dakota, and then at Washington to guard against strike legislation in Congress. He was a man of tireless energy, keen, honest and capable in business, and any candidate for a Republican nomination in Franklin county who was fortunate enough to enlist his support was almost always sure of winning. He died in Malone January 19, 1892.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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