American politicianDied when: 69 years 304 days (838 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Erastus Wells (December 2, 1823 – October 2, 1893) was a 19th-century politician and businessman from Missouri.Wells was born in Jefferson County, New York, and was the only son of Otis Wells, a descendant of Hugh Welles, an early colonist of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
Otis Wells was a farmer and died when Erastus was only fourteen.Erastus was the grandson of Ethelinda Otis and a relation of John Otis, who helped found the town of Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635.
Other notable relatives include James Otis, a successful lawyer, Harrison Gray Otis, a statesman and orator, Samuel A.Otis, one of the framers of the constitution of Massachusetts, and George Otis, a clergyman and author.
Wells married Isabella Bowman Henry, daughter of Captain John Henry of Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1850.Isabella and Erastus Wells were the parents of three children, including former St.
Louis Mayor Rolla Wells.Wells' first wife died in 1877 and he was later remarried to Eleanor P.Bell of St.
Louis in 1869.