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Heber Manning Wells

During Utah's history there have been 14 Territorial Governors and 17 Governors of the State.

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Heber Manning Wells

1896-1905 REPUBLICAN
(August 11, 1859-March 12, 1938)

When Utah achieved statehood in 1896, 36-year-old Wells, a Salt Lake City native, became Utah's first governor and the youngest to date. A former tax collector, city recorder, and secretary of the 1895 Utah Constitutional Convention, he was later involved in banking. Wells set up the machinery of state government for a smooth transition from territorial to state status and backed bills that affected education, agriculture, and the arts.

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