Wright, Silas, 1795-1847

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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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creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Letters, 1834-1835, 1846. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915. Topical pamphlet collection, <1741>-<1996>. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Parker, Alton B., 1852-1926,. Autograph collection, 1633-1954. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Parker, Ely Samuel, 1828-1895. Papers, 1846. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Dudley, Charles, 1780-1841. Papers, 1804-1852. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Silas Wright letters to Benjamin F. Butler, A. C. Flagg, and John Tyler, 1827-1846 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Foote Family. Papers, 1739-1972. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Martin Van Buren Papers, 1787-1910, (bulk 1820-1850) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Lewis Cass papers, Cass, Lewis, papers, 1774-1924 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Eaton, Amos, 1776-1842. Papers, 1824-1841. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Libraries
referencedIn Blair, Francis Preston, 1791-1876. Blair family papers, 1755-1968 (bulk 1829-1892). Library of Congress
referencedIn James K. Polk Papers, 1775-1891, (bulk 1830-1849) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849. Papers of James K. Polk, 1775-1891 (bulk 1830-1849). Library of Congress
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Papers, 1800-1983, 1800-1847 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Linen campaign flag for 1844 election, [1844]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862. Martin Van Buren papers, 1787-1910 (bulk 1820-1850). Library of Congress
creatorOf Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Papers, 1758-1814. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857. William L. Marcy papers, 1806-1930 (bulk 1806-1857). Library of Congress
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Autograph letter signed : Albany, to the publishers of The New York Evening Post, 1845 Dec. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Linen campaign flag for 1844 election, [1844]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Saint Lawrence County Historical Association. Photograph collection, [ca. 1850]-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Verplanck, Gulian C. (Gulian Crommelin), 1786-1870. Letters of Gulian Crommelin Verplanck [manuscript], 1825-1831. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 1st (1846-1848). Records, 1846-1848. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Bancroft, George, 1800-1891. George Bancroft papers, 1823-1890. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Tracy, Albert Haller, 1793-1859. Papers, 1815-1874; bulk, 1821-1844. New York State Library
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Letter : Washington, D.C., to John L. Russell, Canton, N.Y., 1844 Mar. 20. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf New York (State). Comptroller's Office. Canal records, 1823-1856. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Wright, Silas, 1760-1843. Silas Wright, Sr., letters, 1810-1843. Sheldon Museum Research Center
creatorOf Foster, William, 1772-1863. William Foster papers, 1734-1879. New England Historic Genealogical Society
creatorOf Silas Wright message to the New York State Legislature, 1845 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn William L. Marcy Collection, 1821-1857 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Brooklyn Democratic Club. Records, 1895. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862. Letter, 1832 September 1. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Levi Woodbury Family Papers, 1638-1914, (bulk 1804-1897) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hubbard family letters, 1809-1884, 1846-1862 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851. Levi Woodbury family papers, 1638-1914 (bulk 1804-1897). Library of Congress
referencedIn New York (State). Militia. Commission, 1845 January 25. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn George Bancroft papers, 1823-1890 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Silas Wright, Jr. letter : to Mrs. Eleanor Biglow, 1840 June 17. Cornell University Library
referencedIn New York State Comptroller's Office canal records, 1823-1856 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Olcott, Thomas W. (Thomas Worth), 1795-1880. Papers, 1816-1886. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Weybridge Congregational Church (Weybridge, Vt.). Weybridge Congregational Church records, 1804-1875. Sheldon Museum Research Center
referencedIn Saint Lawrence County Historical Association. Oral history collection, 1957-1975. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851. Papers, 1785-1851. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn B. A. G. Fuller autograph collection, 1620-1920. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Blair Family Papers, 1755-1968, (bulk 1829-1892) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Silas Wright correspondence, 1842-1845. Library of Congress
creatorOf Flagg, Azariah C. (Azariah Cutting), 1790-1873. Azariah C. Flagg correspondence, 1821-1848. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Clinton, George W. (George William), 1807-1885. ALS, 10 June 1846 : to His Excy. Silas Wright. New York State Historical Documents
creatorOf Silas Wright, Jr. letters and documents, 1828-1866, 1917 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Azariah C. Flagg papers, 1821-1848 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Van Buren, John, 1810-1866. John Van Buren and Vanderpoel family correspondence, 1826-1861. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. The Times, 1837 : scrapbook, 1837. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Ely Samuel Parker Papers, 1794-1946 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Verplanck, Gulian C. (Gulian Crommelin), 1786-1870. Letters of Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, 1825-1831. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Shaw, Albert D. (Albert Duane), 1841-1901. Papers, 1830-1920. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Letter : Washington, D.C., to John L. Russell, Canton, N.Y., 1844 Mar. 20. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862. Letter : Lindenwald, Kinderhook, N.Y., to unknown woman, 1860 Feb. 24. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Autograph letter signed Silas Wright Jr. to Hon. Stephen Van Rensselaer June 1, 1831. Wellesley College
referencedIn King, Preston, 1806-1865. Papers, 1829-1865. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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correspondedWith Wright, Silas, 1760-1843. person
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Birth 1795-05-24

Death 1847-08-27

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