Hendrick Bradley Wright

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Hendrick Bradley Wright

Hendrick Bradley Wright (April 24, 1808 – September 2, 1881) was a Democratic and Greenback member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life[edit]

Hendrick B. Wright was born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. He attended the Wilkes-Barre Grammar School and was graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1829. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Political activities[edit]

He was appointed district attorney for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1834. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1841 to 1843 and served the last year as speaker. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1844, 1848, 1852, 1856, 1860, 1868, and 1876.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Wright was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1850. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854. He was again elected to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George W. Scranton. He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress and reelected as a Greenbacker to the Forty-sixth Congress. He was chairman of the United States House Committee on Manufactures during the Forty-fifth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 and was unsuccessful in getting the Greenback nomination for President the same year, losing to James Weaver. He died in Wilkes-Barre in 1881. Interment in Hollenback Cemetery.

Bibliography[edit]

Curran, Daniel J. “Hendrick B. Wright: A Study in Leadership.” Ph.D. diss., Fordham University, 1962.

Sources[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Galusha A. Grow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

1853 - 1855
Succeeded by
Henry M. Fuller
Preceded by
George W. Scranton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

1861 - 1863
Succeeded by
Charles Denison
Preceded by
William H. Stanton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district

1877 - 1881
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Scranton