Congressional Gold Medal Honorees

Charles Wells, printing firm owner

Charles Wells, printing firm owner

Charles Nelson Wells, a retired owner of a printing firm and a World War II veteran later honored for his service with a Congressional Gold Medal, died of a blood disorder Feb. 12 at Sinai Hospital. He was 87 and lived in Lochearn.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Schroeder Street, he was the son of Charles Elliott Wells and Anna Nelson Wells. He was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

As a young man he worked alongside his father as an apprentice at Watkins and Wells printers on West Lexington Street. Family members said the printing firm, founded in 1922, was an early African-American business.

Mr. Wells met his future wife, Margaret Beatrice Sewell, in...