Robert William Wells
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri|
March 3, 1857 – September 22, 1864
|Preceded by||Seat established by 11 Stat. 197|
|Succeeded by||Arnold Krekel|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Missouri|
June 27, 1836 – March 3, 1857
|Appointed by||Andrew Jackson|
|Preceded by||James H. Peck|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
|3rd Attorney General of Missouri|
|Preceded by||Rufus Easton|
|Succeeded by||William Barclay Napton|
Robert William Wells
November 29, 1795
|Died||September 22, 1864 (aged 68)|
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Robert William Wells (November 29, 1795 – September 22, 1864) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Education and career
Born in Winchester, Virginia, Robert William Wells read law to enter the bar in 1820. He was in private practice in Saint Charles, Missouri from 1820 to 1821, and was a circuit attorney of the Saint Charles Circuit from 1821 to 1822. In 1822, he designed the Missouri State Seal. He was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1823 to 1826. He was the Attorney General of Missouri from 1826 to 1836.
Federal judicial service
Wells was nominated by President Andrew Jackson on June 16, 1836, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Missouri vacated by Judge James H. Peck. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 1836, and received his commission the same day. Wells was reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on March 3, 1857, to a new seat authorized by 11 Stat. 197. His service terminated on September 22, 1864, due to his death in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- Robert William Wells at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
| Missouri Attorney General
William Barclay Napton
James H. Peck
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Missouri
Seat established by 11 Stat. 197
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri