Bulkeley Wells

Bulkeley Wells managed the Smuggler-Union, the largest and richest gold mine in Telluride, Colorado. He also served as Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard from 1905 to 1907 and as a colonel from 1907 until 1909. Wells led the fight in the Telluride area against the Western Federation of Miners.

In 1908 a bomb destroyed Wells' Telluride home, but Wells survived. The assassination attempt was believed to be the work of the WFM. Wells had particular animosity for Vincent St. John (1876 - 1929), an American labor leader and a prominent leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.). Clarence Darrow defended Vincent St. John in 1918 when about 100 I.W.W. members including William D. Haywood were arrested, tried and convicted of disloyal acts against the government. Haywood was sentenced to 20 years in prison and St. John was sentenced to 10 years. Photo from History of Colorado, edited by Wilbur Fiske Stone (1918).