David A. Wells

1851                Address Unknown, Cambridge, [Unknown.][1]

David A. Wells appeared in one article in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on August 22, 1851.  American Association for the Advancement of Science, Albany meeting.  Wednesday’s Proceeding.  Wednesday, August 20, 1851.  The following is the order of the programme for the morning’s meeting, in Section No. 1.  Professor Bache presiding….

5. Daguerreotypes of the late Solar Eclipse, and of Spots on the Sun; by David A, Wells of Cambridge.

David A. Wells is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1851 in Cambridge.  Since the State or Country are not recorded in the article one could speculate that the paper was published in N. Y. and Cambridge, N.Y. is only 53 miles away from Albany it has to be in New York.  But, there are 25 cities or towns named Cambridge in America, they are in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont Virginia, Wisconsin. Also in Jamaica, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.  More research is needed to identify the location and if Wells is a daguerrean or possibly an astronomer, like William Cranch Bond and John Adams Whipple.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list a David Wells in 1857 in Rochester, New York, it is unknown if they are the same person.

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