Skip to main content

Wells, Junius F. (Junius Free), 1854-1930



  • Existence: 1854-1930

Biographical History

Junius F. Wells (1854-1930) was the editor of The Contributor.

Junius F. Wells is the son of LDS Church leader Daniel H. Wells and Hannah Corrilla Free. He was the first head of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, founding editor and publisher of The Contributor, author of eleven biographies, and chief organizer of the building of monuments to Joseph Smith and the Three Witnesses. He married Hannah Middleton Forbes in 1879 and they had two children. He served a mission to Great Britain in 1972-1874, and a second mission to New England and the Midwest. He was the associate editor of the Millenial Star. Wells died in 1930.


"The Mormon prophet's tragedy", 1905: ms. signature on cover (Junius F. Wells)

NUC pre-56 (hdg.: Wells, Junius Free, 1854-1930; no usage)

Wikipedia, via WWW, May 3, 2013 (son of Daniel H. Wells and Hannah Free; first head of Young Men's MIA; founder/editor/publisher of Contributor; wrote eleven biographies; organized monuments to Joseph Smith and Three Witnesses; died 1930)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, via WWW, May 6, 2013 (married Hannah Middleton Forbes, 1879, two children; mission to Great Britain, 1872-1874; mission to Midwest/New England; associate editor, Millennial Star),_Junius_F.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Emmeline B. Wells centennial memorial exercises

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 72
Scope and Contents The folder contains a printed invitation asking Junius F. Wells to come to the dedication of a statue of Emmeline B. Wells to be held on 29 February, circa 1928. Heber J. Grant gave the invocation and Governor George H. Dern accepted the statue.
Dates: approximately 1928

Junius F. Wells correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 3324
Overview Submissions to Junius F. Wells, editor of Contributor magazine, from Nephi Anderson and others.
Dates: 1887-1888

Junius F. Wells letter to J.D. Wood

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4015
Abstract Carbon copy of a letter to J. D. Wood from Junius F. Wells regarding land and cattle in Mexico.
Dates: 1902