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WALES, Samuel, educator, born in Raynham, Massachusetts, 2 March, 1748; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 18 February, 1794. He was descended from Nathaniel Wales, an emigrant from England, who landed at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1635. Samuel was graduated at Yale in 1767, was minister of Milford in 1770-'82, and in the latter year received the degree of D. D. from Yale, where he was professor of divinity from 12 June, 1782, till his death, he published "Dangers of Our National Prosperity," an election sermon (Hartford, 1785).--His son, John, senator, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 31 July, 1783; died in Wilmington, Delaware, 3 December, 1863, was graduated at Yale in 1801, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in his native state. After practising for two years in Baltimore, he removed in 1815 to Wilmington, Delaware, where he continued to follow his profession for about thirty years. He was one of the original promoters of Delaware college, president of one of the oldest banks in Wilmington, and bore a principal part in obtaining the city charter, and in the earlier steps to construct the railway between Philadelphia and Baltimore by way of Wilmington. In 1845 Mr. Wales was appointed secretary of state of Delaware, and in March, 1849, he was elected to the United States senate to fill the unexpired term of John M. Clayton, who had entered the cabinet of President Taylor. Mr. Wales served in the senate till 3 March, 1851, when he was succeeded by James A. Bayard.
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