John Vines Wright

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John Vines Wright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byRobert M. Bugg
Succeeded byCivil War
Personal details
Born(1828-06-28)June 28, 1828
Purdy, Tennessee
DiedJune 11, 1908(1908-06-11) (aged 79)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Georgia Hays Wright
ChildrenEugene Wright

Georgia Hays Wright

Annie Wright
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville



John Vines Wright (June 28, 1828 – June 11, 1908) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 7th congressional district of Tennessee.


Wright was born in Purdy, Tennessee, in McNairy County the son of Benjamin C. and Martha Ann Hicks Wright. He completed preparatory studies and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he pursued courses in medicine and law. After graduating from the law department, he was admitted to the bar, and he commenced practice in Purdy. He married Georgia Hays and they had three children, Eugene, Georgia Hays, and Annie.[1] His daughter Georgia Hays married Frank Lyon.[2]


Elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth, the Thirty-fifth, and the Thirty-sixth Congresses, Wright served from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1861.[3]

During the Civil War, Wright served in the Confederate Army as colonel of the 13th Tennessee Infantry in 1861. He was elected to both the First and the Second Confederate Congresses.

Wright served as a judge of the circuit court of Tennessee, and then as a chancellor and judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He practiced law in Nashville in 1885 and 1886. He was an unsuccessful candidate as an Anti-Repudiation Democrat for governor of Tennessee in 1880. He was chairman of the Northwest Indian Commission in 1886 and a member of the commission to treat with the Great Sioux Nation in Dakota. He was appointed to the law division of the General Land Office in 1887 and served until his death.[4]


Wright died in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 1908 (age 79 years, 349 days). He is interred in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.[5]


  1. ^ "John Vines Wright". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  2. ^ Philip Alexander Bruce, ed. (1924). History of Virginia. Vol. 6. Arlington Historical Society. pp. 123–125.
  3. ^ "John Vines Wright". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  4. ^ "John Vines Wright". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Index to Politicians – Wright, J." The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 26 March 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Civil War