Biography of Heber M. Wells
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HEBER M. WELLS
Heber M. Wells bears the honored distinction of having been the first Governor of the State of Utah He was elected in the general election in 1895, after the ratification of the Constitution, for a term of five years, assuming office January 6, 1896, and was subsequently elected for a second term of four years, during which period the State of Utah progressed rapidly.

His success has been due not less to his high qualities of heart and mind than to his engaging personality. He brought to the office a dignity and aptitude for business affairs and executive ability that have never been excelled by any incumbent of that high office, and was a model executive in every sense of the word. When it is recalled that there were delicate and perplexing problems which had been associated with the name of Utah for over half a century, the obligations resting on the shoulders of the young governor can readily be realized, and how well he discharged his duties history vividly recalls. His administration was so satisfactory to his constituents that he was renominated by acclamation by his party for a second term. The keynote of his success lay in the fact that he was Governor of the whole people, steadfastly refusing to utilize his exalted position for partisan advantage or private gain. In fact, his whole life has been devoted to harmonizing the contending elements of the community in which he was born, and seeking to bring about that amity and mutual confidence which he has always insisted was so necessary for the proper upbuilding of the State.

Mr. Wells is from a family of pioneers whose name has always been one of the most prominent in Utah. His father, Daniel H Wells, was a prominent lumberman, a former mayor of Salt Lake City, and one of the most influential leaders of the Mormon church. His mother was Martha Harris Wells. Heber M. Wells is a native of Salt Lake City, born August 11, 1859, and was educated at the University of Utah. After graduating he immediately entered business life and has led an active life and been prominently identified with the development and growth of Utah up to the present day.

Mr. Wells is manager of the Utah Savings & Trust Company, a director in the State Bank of Utah, two of the most prominent and progressive financial institutions in the State. He has served as recorder and auditor of Salt Lake City, and has always been a leader in municipal and State affairs. He is a member of the Alta Club, Commercial Club, Sons of American Revolution and Sons of Utah Pioneers.

Mr. Wells was married first to Mary Elizabeth Beatie, who died in 1888, and four years later he married Teresa Clawson, who died in 1897, and in 1901 he married his present wife, who was Miss Emily Katz. He is the father of seven children, namely: Manning B., Heber D., Mary B., Martha, Florence, John K. and Burton K. Wells. He resides at 61 First Avenue Salt Lake City.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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