R.H. Wells

Richard H. Wells

Full Name: Richard H. Wells
Date of birth: June 10, 1857
Date of death: May 31, 1920

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 4 Jan 8, 1901 - Jan 13, 1903 27th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Clarksville / Red River   Red River

(1) Redistricting bill shows Red River in district 4. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) District 4. House Journal.
(3) District 4. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) District 84. Year Book for Texas, 1901, 1902.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Candidate announcement for Coal County Judge, R.H. Wells, Lehigh Leader (Lehigh, Oklahoma), 4/25/1907, p. 6. Birth date 6/10/1856 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Wells "served four years as county judge and ex-officio county superintendent of schools of Red River county, Texas. He represented Red River county in the 27th legislature of the state of Texas 1901-02." Newspapers.com.
  • Brief biographical sketch, Richard H. Wells, pp. 209-210. Native of Sumner County, Tennessee, born 6/10/1857. The Twenty-Seventh Legislature and State Administration of Texas, 1901.

Other Resources

  • Census of 1860-1880 - Richard H. Wells, Sumner County, Tennessee, born circa 1856-1857 in Tennessee, son of Augustin [Orgusta, Augustus] and Eliza J. [Elizabeth] Wells.
    Census of 1900 - Richard H. Wells, Red River County, Texas, age 43, born June 1857 in Tennessee, county judge & farmer.
    R.H. Wells, marriage to Mamie Hemphill 12/30/1900 in Red River County.
    Census of 1910 - R.H. Wells, Coalgate, Coal County, Oklahoma, age 53, born circa 1857 in Tennessee, lawyer, county judge, spouse Mary, daughter Fay.
    Census of 1920 - Richard H. Wells, Alamosa, Union County, New Mexico, age 59, born circa 1861 in Tennessee, spouse Mary F., daughters Fay E. and Mary W.
    R.H. Wells, death date 5/31/1920 in Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico; born circa 1857 in Tennessee, lawyer, residence in Logan, New Mexico, spouse Mary Wells, father A. Wells. FamilySearch. 1860 1870 1880 1900 1910 1920 New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • Obituary of R.H. Wells' wife, "Mrs. Mary Wells Is Buried at Tucumcari," 12/12/1944, p. 9. "Mrs. Wells husband died in 1920 and was buried at Tucumcari." Survivors include one daughter, Miss Faye Wells of Lubbock, and a brother, J.S. Hemphill. Lubbock Morning Avalanche.
  • "Judge R.H. Wells of Lehigh Okla., Judge of Coal county has been here this week attending district court, and meeting old friends. Judge Well[s] was formerly judge of this county." "Local-Personal," The Clarksville Times, Red River County, 12/18/1908, p. 3, crediting Red River County Public Library.
    "R.H. Wells was elected county judge at Colgate, Indian Territory. He served four years as county judge of Red River County before moving across the river." "Sixty Years Ago" (1907), The Clarksville Times, 6/22/1967, p. 9, crediting Red River County Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). December 18, 1908 June 22, 1967
  • [Photograph of R.H. Wells], served as county judge of Coal County, Oklahoma, and [Photographs of R.H. Wells and Wife], crediting Private Collection of T.B. Willis. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). R.H. Wells R.H. Wells and Wife
  • 27th Legislature (1901) - R.H. Wells, postoffice Clarksville, nativity Tennessee, age 43 (born circa 1858), lawyer, 15 years in Texas, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.


  • Photograph. R.H. Wells, 27th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

27th R.S. - 1901
Congressional Districts  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Judiciary No. 2  
Railroad Commission  
State Reformatory at Gatesville  
Stock and Stock Raising  

This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.