John C. Wright (politician)
|John Crafts Wright|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1829
|Preceded by||none (new district)|
|Succeeded by||John M. Goodenow|
|Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
January, 1831 – February 2, 1835
|Preceded by||Henry Brush|
|Succeeded by||Peter Hitchcock|
August 17, 1783|
|Died||February 13, 1861
|Resting place||Spring Grove Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Litchfield Law School|
Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Wright completed preparatory studies and then learned the trade of printer. He moved to Troy, New York, and edited the Troy Gazette for several years. He studied law at Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1809. United States district attorney in 1817.
Wright was elected to the Seventeenth Congress, but resigned on March 3, 1821, before the beginning of the congressional term. Elected again to the Eighteenth Congress, he began his service in that body as a National Republican, and continued to serve in the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses, his three terms running from March 4, 1823 through March 4, 1829. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress.
Wright was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1831 and served until February 2, 1835, when he resigned. In 1833, Wright, along with Edward King and Timothy Walker founded the Cincinnati Law School, the first law school in the West. He moved to Cincinnati in 1835 and engaged in newspaper work, and for thirteen years published the Cincinnati Gazette. He served as director of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad. He served as delegate to and honorary president of the Peace conference of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war, and died while serving in that capacity at Washington, D.C., February 13, 1861. He was interred in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- John C. Wright at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- John C. Wright - the Father of "the Popular Vote" in US Presidential Elections
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Wright, John C.". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.