Guilford Wiley Wells
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Mississippi's 2nd district
March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877
|Albert R. Howe|
|Van. H. Manning|
|Born||February 14, 1840|
Conesus Center, New York
|Died||21 March 1909 (aged 69)|
Santa Monica, California
|Resting place||Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles|
|Political party||Independent Republican|
He enlisted in the Union Army as a private in the Twenty-seventh New York Infantry May 21, 1861. He was promoted to second lieutenant in the One Hundred and Thirtieth New York Infantry in 1862 and subsequently to first lieutenant and captain in the Nineteenth New York Cavalry. He was mustered out on February 10, 1865, as a lieutenant colonel.
Wiles graduated from the law department of Columbian College (later George Washington University), in Washington, D.C., in 1867. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He served as United States attorney for the northern district of Mississippi between 1870 and 1875.
Wells was elected as an Independent Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1876.
He served as United States Consul General in Shanghai, China, from June 23, 1877, to May 26, 1879.
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