Wells A. Hutchins

Wells Andrews Hutchins ( born October 8, 1818 in Hartford, Trumbull County, Ohio; † January 25, 1895 in Portsmouth, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1863 and 1865 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Wells Hutchins was a cousin of Congressman John Hutchins ( 1812-1891 ). He attended the common schools and taught himself afterwards for some time as a teacher. After studying law and his 1841 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Warren in this profession. In 1842 he moved to Portsmouth. Politically, he was a member of the Whig party. In the years 1852 and 1853 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. Between 1857 and 1861 he was a legal representative of the city of Portsmouth. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he joined the Democratic Party. In 1860 he ran unsuccessfully for even the U.S. House of Representatives. During the Civil War he was in the 1862 United States Provost Marshal for the State of Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1862 Hutchins was the eleventh electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Valentine B. Horton on March 4, 1863. Since he has not been confirmed in 1864, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1865. This was marked by the events of the Civil War. During this time, Hutchins supported one of the few Democrats politics of the Republican President Abraham Lincoln. He sat down, inter alia, for the 13th Amendment, through which slavery should be abolished and that was actually ratified later in the year 1865. With its support of the President he made himself unpopular with his party.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Wells Hutchins practiced as a lawyer again. In 1880, he unsuccessfully sought his return to Congress. He died on January 25, 1895 in Portsmouth, where he was also buried.