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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Wells, William Vincent 1826- Author; born in Boston, Mass., Jan. 2, 1826; received a common school education; became a sailor, and afterwards an officer in the merchant marine. Later he was engaged in mining and commercial enterprises; removed to California in 1849, where he built and commanded the first steamboat registered in that State; and afterwards was consul-general of Honduras in the United States. He owned and edited several newspapers in San Francisco; and was author of Walker's expedition to Nicaragua; A history of the Central American War; Explorations and adventures in Honduras; Life and public services of Samuel Adams (his great-grandfather), etc.