Isaac Wright

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Isaac Wright was a Quaker investor who esblished the first scheduled trans-Atlantic shipping service between New York and England and was a president of City National Bank from 1827 to 1832.

Wright was born in Sheffield[1]

Along with his son William he founded the Black Ball Line in 1817 along with merchants Francis Thompson and Benjamin Marshall. The line which had ships sailing once a month between New York City and Liverpool was the first regularly scheduled shipping route in the United States. At the time ships sailed when they . Its ships had a black ball on a red background. At the time he live at 38th Street and Third and walked back and forth between the South Street Seaport.[2]

The advent of the schedule contributed heavily to New York becoming the dominant port in the United States.[3]

Wright speculated on cotton and ended up losing the company to Jeremiah Thompson.

In 1825 he was among the new owners of City National Bank. Other Quaker merchants at the bank were William W. Fox who would later be president of New York Gas Light Company and Black Ball founder Benjamin Marshall [4][5]


Business positions
Preceded by
Thomas L. Smith
President of City National Bank
Succeeded by
Thomas Bloodgood