Edwin R. V. Wright

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Edwin Ruthvin Vincent Wright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867
Preceded by Nehemiah Perry
Succeeded by George A. Halsey
Personal details
Born January 2, 1812
Hoboken, New Jersey, US
Died January 21, 1871(1871-01-21) (aged 59)
Jersey City, New Jersey, US
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Editor

Edwin Ruthvin Vincent Wright (January 2, 1812 – January 21, 1871) was an American lawyer, editor and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1865-1867.


Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Wright completed preparatory studies and engaged in newspaper work in 1835. He was editor of the Jersey Blue, a newspaper published in Hoboken, in 1836, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1839, commencing practice in Jersey City, New Jersey. He later moved to Hudson City, New Jersey and commenced practice there. He was a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council in 1843, was county prosecutor of Hudson County, New Jersey from 1851 to 1855 and was Mayor of Hudson City, New Jersey in 1855. He ran for New Jersey governor against Charles Smith Olden in 1859 but lost the election.

Wright was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1864, serving from 1865 to 1867, not being a candidate for reelection in 1866 due to ill health.

He died in Jersey City, New Jersey on January 21, 1871. He was interred in Hoboken Cemetery in North Bergen, New Jersey.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nehemiah Perry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867
Succeeded by
George A. Halsey
Party political offices
Preceded by
William C. Alexander
Democratic Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Joel Parker