Ashley B. Wright

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Ashley Bascom Wright
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1893 – August 14, 1897
Preceded by Charles S. Randall
Succeeded by George P. Lawrence
Personal details
Born (1841-05-25)May 25, 1841
Hinsdale, Massachusetts
Died August 14, 1897(1897-08-14) (aged 56)
North Adams, Massachusetts
Political party Republican

Ashley Bascom Wright (May 25, 1841 - August 14, 1897) was an American politician. He was the chairman of the Committee on Mileage in the fifty-fourth and fifty-fifth congresses.

Wright was born in Hindsdale, Berkshire County, Massachusetts on May 25, 1841. Wright attended public schools and Lincoln Academy at Hinsdale.

He moved to North Adams, Massachusetts in 1861. In that year, he was appointed chief deputy collector of internal revenue for the tenth district of Massachusetts in 1861. He resigned from that position in 1865 to engage in mercantile pursuits.

Wright was elected selectman and commissioner for Berkshire County 1884-1887 and acted as chairman for one year. He was a member of the State executive council in 1890 and 1891 before being elected as a Republican to the fifty-third, fifty-fourth and fifty-fifth congresses, serving from March 4, 1893 until his death.

He died in North Adams, Berkshire County, August 14, 1897. Wright is interred in the Hinsdale Cemetery.

Ashley Bascom Wright was son of Charles and Martha Putnum McElwain Wright of Hinsdale, MA. Charles and Martha were abolitionists in the 1850s, with Charles serving as local leader of the Free Soil Party and Martha running an underground railway station for runaway slaves on their way up the Skyline Trail to free Canada. Charles' parents, Asahel and Francis Wright of nearby Chester Center, MA, also ran an underground railway station 20 miles south of Hinsdale on the Skyline Trail. They were aided by Francis' parents, the Rev. Aaron Bascom and his wife Theodosia Ashley Bascom, also of Chester Center.

Entry by Ashley W. Wright, descendent.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles S. Randall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1893 – August 14, 1897
Succeeded by
George P. Lawrence