1865 - 1867
James Madison Wells,
the 3rd military Governor of Louisiana of Union held territories during the
He was born near Alexandria on New Hope Plantation, educated at Cincinnati Law School, became sheriff of Rapides Parish and served as Lt. Governor 1864-1865. He succeeded to governor when military governor Michael Hahn resigned the office and some months later Wells was elected to the office in his own right.
His was a military governorship, but it ended when General Phillip Sheridan removed Wells from office. His advocacy for black suffrage caused political unrest and riots which led to his unseating.
He was later appointed surveyor of the port of New Orleans and became chairman of the 1876 State Returning Board. He died on February 28, 1899 and is buried in the old Rapides Cemetery in Pineville.
Sept. , 18?6
Levi Wells' headstone is weathered badly but a Mason emblem can be seen.
Close by is another child, Mary Elizabeth Wells Burgess.
Mary E. Wells Burges
She has gone from us now To a
Bessie G. Wells
James Madison Wells
Mary Ann Wells
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