Wright, Silas, 1795-1847

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Birth 1795-05-24
Death 1847-08-27

Biographical notes:

Son of Silas and Eleanor Goodale Wright. Silas practiced law in Canton, N.Y.; married Clarissa Moody, 1833; was a politician, holding offices of County Surrogate, state senator, U.S. Congressman and Senator, 1833-1844, and Governor of New York 1844-1846.

From the description of Papers, 1800-1983, 1800-1847 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155472289

Statesman, governor of New York State.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, to the publishers of The New York Evening Post, 1845 Dec. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270584326

U.S. senator and representative from and governor of New York, lawyer, and army officer.

From the description of Silas Wright correspondence, 1842-1845. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981430

Silas Wright, Jr. was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on May 24, 1975. After moving to Washington County, New York in 1816, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in January 1819. He practiced law in Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York, and was a county surrogate, 1821-1824. He was in the state Senate from 1824-1827. In 1827 he was appointed brigadier general of the state militia and in the same year was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives. He resigned in 1829 and was appointed comptroller of New York State, serving in that position until 1833. In 1832 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore which nominated Andrew Jackson for President and Martin Van Buren for Vice President.

Wright was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William L. Marcy. He retained his seat until 1844 when he resigned to become Governor of New York. He ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1846. He died in Canton, New York on August 27, 1847.

From the description of Silas Wright, Jr. letter : to Mrs. Eleanor Biglow, 1840 June 17. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63939219


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