Samuel D. Wester, of Chattanooga, was born in Roane County, Tenn., January 10, 1849, son of Christopher C. and Mary (Johnson) Wester, both natives of Roane County, Tenn., and members of pioneer families of East Tennessee. Our subject was educated at Wesleyan University (now Grant Memorial), Athens, McMinn Co., Tenn. He came to Chattanooga in 1877 and engaged in the grain business, in company with Mr. William M. Nixon, which he has continued up to the present time. He married Miss Lelia A. Rice, of McMinn County, Tenn., and three children are the fruits of this union. Mr. Wester is a Republican, a member and trustee in the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Chattanooga, and trustee in the Chattanooga University.
Goodspeed's "History of East Tennessee" 1887