Gideon Welles was a journalist, lawyer and politician from Connecticut. Welles attended the Protestant Episcopal Academy at Cheshire and Norfolk University. Afterward, he became a lawyer but quickly left the profession to become a journalist and was the editor of the Hartford Times, a pro-Jacksonian democratic newspaper. He became involved in party politics and occupied the position of Representative from Glastonbury in the State legislative from 1827 to 1835. With the Democratic Party becoming the party of the Southern Slavocracy in the early 1850s, Welles moved to Republican Party. He served as a secretary of the navy under Abraham Lincoln.
Title: Diary of Gideon Welles Volume I & II