Wells, Eleazer Mather Porter, Dd
Wells, Eleazer Mather Porter, D.D.
a Protestant Episcopal clergyman, was born in 1793, being a descendant of Thomas Wells, who had come to Salem with Winthrop and Wilson in 1629. He entered the ministry in 1823, and preached at Plymouth, Calais, and Bangor, Maine. In 1826 he was ordained a deacon by bishop Brownell, of Connecticut, and was professionally engaged for brief periods at more than a dozen places in New England. His special vocation, however,. was found when he was placed in charge of the House of Reformation for Juvenile Offenders at Boston, and also became superintendent of St. Stephen's House. He was a most philanthropic city missionary, and up to the time of his death, which occurred in Boston, December 1,1878, he was "in labors more abundant." (W.P.S.)