Ira K. Wells biography

Ira K. Wells

Judge, Deceased Person

1871 – 1934


Who was Ira K. Wells?

Ira Kent Wells was an American lawyer and a federal judge in Puerto Rico.

Wells was born in Seneca, Kansas. After obtaining a law degree from the University of Kansas, he practiced law and became involved in politics in that state. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1916 and served in the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1917 to 1920.

In 1921, President Warren G. Harding named Wells as the United States Attorney for Puerto Rico, a position he held until 1924. The following year, President Calvin Coolidge named Wells as Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Wells served two four-years terms as the sole federal judge in Puerto Rico, being renominated by President Herbert Hoover in 1929. He left office in January 1933 and was succeeded by Robert A. Cooper.

Wells died in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1936.


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Jun 18, 1871
Also known as
  • Ira Wells
  • Ira Kent Wells
  • United States of America
Apr 3, 1934
San Juan

on July 23, 2013

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