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John Wells Letters

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 2001-01-01

Biographical History

John Wells (1770-1823) was a lawyer in New York State responsible for founding the oldest law firm in the United States: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Wells was born in Cherry Balley, Otsego County in 1770. In addition to being the founder of what is known today as Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, he is also renowned for his partnership with George Washington Strong: one of the earliest legal partnerships in the new nation. Their practice centered on maritime law, real estate and wills, commercial claims, and more. Their clientele included many notable New York companies and private citizens.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Wells Letters consists of correspondence regarding cases and legal matters in New York State. Correspondents include John V. Henry and James Andrews.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged chronologically.


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Subject Headings


Wells, John, 1770-1823.


Lawyers -- New York (State)
Lawyers -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Wells Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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