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yer by profession; and at the age of twenty-nine, was elected Circuit Judge. He resigned before the expiration of the second term, and was elected a Representative, from Georgia, to the Thirtyfourth Congress, and re-elected to the Thirty-fifth, serving as a member of the Committee on the District of Columbia.
Wright, Daniel B.-He was born in Tennessee, and was a Representative in Congress, from Mississippi, from 1858 to 1857.
Wright, George H.-He was born in Concord, Massachusetts, June 4, 1817; spent seven years on a farm; settled in Boston, as a merchant, in 1822; was connected with the Boston Courier for two years, from 1837, after which he settled in Nantucket, in the whaling business; went to California in 1849; and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, during the years 1850 and 1851.
Wright, Hendrick B.-Born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, April 24, 1808; graduated at Dickinson College in 1829; studied law, and came to the bar in 1831; in 1834 he was appointed Deputy Attorney-General for Luzerne County; was elected to the State Legislature in 1841 and 1842; reelected in 1843, and made Speaker of the House; he was a member of all the National Democratic Conventions between 1840 and 1860; and of that Convention which nominated Mr. Polk for President he was the President. In 1852 he was elected a Representative, from Pennsylvania, to the Thirty-third Congress; and he was re-elected to the
Thirty-seventh Congress, to fill the va
cancy caused by the death of George W. Scranton, and was a member of the Committee on Military Affairs.
Wright, John C.—He was born in 1783; attained eminence as a lawyer, and early rose to the Supreme Bench of Ohio. His Law Reports are a part of all good libraries in the Western States. He was a Representative in Congress, from Ohio, from 1823 to 1829, and was for many years the owner and editor of the Cincinnati Gazette. He took an active part, as Delegate from Ohio, in the Peace Congress of February, 1861, but died in Washington before the ad
journment of that body, on the 18th of that month.
Wright, John W.-Born in McNairy County, Tennessee, June 28, 1828; was a lawyer by profession; was elected a Representative to the Thirtyfourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses, from his native State; and was a member of the Committees on Revolutionary Pensions, and Expenditures in the War Department. Re-elected to the Thirtysixth Congress, serving on the Committee on the District of Columbia.
Wright, Joseph A.—He was born in Pennsylvania, and having settled in Indiana, was elected a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1843 to 1845; was Governor of Indiana from 1849 to 1857; and in 1857 he was appointed, by President Buchanan, Minister to Prussia. In 1861 he was elected a Senator in Congress, from Indiana, serving one session; and in 1863 he was appointed, by President Lincoln, Commissioner to attend the Hamburg Exhibition.
Wright, Robert.—He was born in Kent County, Maryland; a Senator in Congress, from Maryland, from 1801 to 1806, when he resigned; at one time member of the State Executive Council; was Governor of Maryland from 1806 to 1809; a Representative in Congress, from Maryland, from 1810 to 1817; reelected for the term from 1821 to 1823; and died September 7, 1826.
Wright, Samuel G. — Born in 1787, and at the time of his death, was a member elect of Congress, from New Jersey. Died near Allentown, New Jersey, July 30, 1845.
Wright, Silas.-Was born at Amherst, Massachusetts, May 24, 1795. He worked upon his father's farm, in Wermont, in the summer, and attended school in the winter. He prepared for and entered college in August, 1811, and graduated at Middlebury College in 1815. He read law in Washington County, New York, teaching school one or two winters to aid in defraying his own expenses. In 1819, he settled, in the practice of the law, at Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York, where he continued his residence until his death. He was soon made a Magistrate and Postmaster of his town, and Surrogate of his county. He early raised a uniformed militia rifle company, of which he was unanimously chosen Captain, from which position he rose to be Colonel of a rifle regiment, and became a Brigadier-General of infantry in 1827. He was elected to the State Senate in November, 1823, and served until March 4, 1827, when he resigned that office, having been elected to Congress in November, 1826. He took his seat in Congress in December, 1827. He was reelected in November, 1828. Having been elected State Comptroller, January 27, 1829, he resigned his seat in Congress before serving out his term. While in Congress, he served as a member of the Committee on Manufactures, and took an active part in the tariff investigations and discussions of 1828. He served as Comptroller from the time of his election until he was chosen United
States Senator, in the early part of |
January, 1833, when he immediately took his seat in that body. He was reelected in February, 1837, and again in February, 1843, and continued to serve until December, 1844, when he resigned. In November, 1844, he was elected Governor of New York, and entered upon his duties, January 1, 1845. In 1846 he retired to private life, devoting himself to the cultivation of his farm, and enjoying the society of his early friends and neighbors. On August 27, 1847, he died suddenly, at his residence in Canton. While in the United States Senate, he served most of his time on the Committee on Finance, and introduced the first Sub-Treasury bill, which became a law. President Tyler offered him a seat upon the bench of the Supreme Court, which he declined. By other Presidents he was offered seats in their cabinets and missions abroad, all of which he refused. His last labor for the public was the preparation of an address for the State Agricultural Society, which, having been finished, was read to that body a short time after his death, by his friend, Gêneral Dix. He appeared twice in the Supreme Court of the United States to argue cases of high importance, and established in that tribunal a high reputation as a lawyer.
Wright, William.—He was born in Čarovisié, Rockland County, New York, and having removed to New Jersey, in 1794, was a Representative in
Congress, from that State, from 1848 to 1847; and in 1853 was elected a Senator in Congress for the term ending in 1859. He was Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills, and of that on the Contingent Expenses of the Senate. In 1863 he was re-elected to the Senate for the term ending in 1869, serving on the Committees on Public Lands, and Revolutionary Claims.
Wurtz, John.-He was born in Morris County, New Jersey; graduated at Princeton College in 1813; and was a Representative in Congress, from Pennsylvania, from 1825 to 1827. Died in Rome, Italy, April 23, 1861.
Wynkoop, Henry. — He was a Delegate to the Continental Congress, from 1779 to 1783, and a Representative in Congress, from Pennsylvania, from 1789 to 1791.
Wynn, Richard.—He was a Representative in Congress, from South Carolina, from 1793 to 1797, and again from 1802 to 1813.
Wynn, Thomas.-He was born, lived, and died, in Hertford County, North Carolina. He was a General of militia; a planter by occupation; served a number of years in the House of Commons and Senate; and was a Representative in Congress, from 1802 to 1807. Died June 3, 1825.
Yamcey, William L. — Born at
Ogeechee Shoals, Georgia, August 10,
1814; received a good education in the Northern States; studied law, and practised in South Carolina; in 1837 he settled in Alabama, and edited the Cahawba Democrat and Wetumpka Argus; and was a Representative in Congress, from Alabama, from 1844 to 1847. Before entering Congress, he had served in the Alabama Legislature, and since that time has served as a member of various political conventions, first at Baltimore in 1848, then at Cincinnati in 1856, and at Charleston in 1860, in which he bore a conspicuous part. He subsequently visited Europe as an agent of the Southern States during the Great Rebellion of 1861; also held several other appointments and positions under the Confederate Government, and died in July, 1863.
Yancy, Bartlett.—He was born in Virginia, and educated at the University of North Carolina, where he was, for a time, a tutor. His first appearance in public life was as a member of Congress, from North Carolina, in 1813, where he served four years; he served for many years in the State Legislature, and frequently as Speaker of the House; and his position as a lawyer was unsurpassed. He died in Caswell County, August 30, 1828.
Yancy, Joel.—He was a Representative in Congress, from Kentucky, from 1827 to 1831.
Yates, John B.-He was born in New York, and was a Representative in Congress, from New York, from 1815 to 1817, and was a member of the Assembly of that State in 1836, from Madison County.
Yates, Richard.—He was born in Kentucky, and was a Representative in Congress, from Illinois, from 1851 to 1855; and in 1861 he was chosen Governor of Illinois for four years.
Yeaman, George H. — He was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, November 1, 1829; received his early education under many difficulties; studied law, and came to the bar in his twentythird year, entering upon the practice of his profession at Owensboro, Davies County, Kentucky. In 1854 he was elected Judge of Davies County, and from that time until 1858 devoted his whole attention to the law, acquiring an extensive practice in the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. In 1861 he was elected to the Legislature of Kentucky, and in 1862 he was engaged in raising a regiment for the Union service; but when J. S. Jackson resigned he was elected as his successor a Representative, from Kentucky, to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving on the Committee on Military Affairs, and was re-elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress, serving on the same Committee.
Yell, Archibald.—He was born in Tennessee, and, removing to Arkansas, was elected a Representative in Congress, from 1836 to 1839, and was reelected in 1845, serving only until 1846. He was also Governor of Arkansas in 1842 and 1844. Died February 23, 1847.
Yorke, Thomas J.—He was born in New Jersey, and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1837 to 1839, and again from 1841 to 1843. He was a candidate for election to the Twenty-sixth Congress, and, although he came with the Broad Seal of his State, he was not admitted.
Yost, Jacob S.—He was born in Pennsylvania, and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1843 to 1847.
Young, Augustus.-He was born in Arlington, Vermont, March 20, 1785, and was admitted to the bar in St. Alban’s in 1810; he commenced practice at Stowe, and in about eighteen months removed to Craftsbury, which town he represented in the General Assembly during eight sessions. He was four years State's Attorney for Orleans County, and Judge of Probate in 1830. In 1836 he was chosen State Senator, and was twice re-elected. He was a Representative in Congress, from Vermont, from 1841 to 1843, and declined a re-election. In 1847 he removed to St. Alban's, and was for several years Judge of Franklin County Court. He subsequently devoted himself to literary and scientific pursuits, and being a learned geologist and mineralogist, was appointed, in 1856, State Naturalist. He died at St. Alban’s, June 17, 1857. He was highly popular, possessed great talents, and his scientific books and tracts indicate that he was a great mathematician and a profound reasoner.
Young, Bryan R.—He was born in Renoy, and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1845 to 1847. .*
Young, Ebenezer.—Born in Killingly, Connecticut, in 1784, and graduated at Yale College in 1806. In 1823 he was elected to the State Senate, and twice re-elected ; he was also two years Speaker of the House; and was a Representative in Congress, from 1829 to 1835. He died at West Killingly, August 18, 1851.
Young, John.—He was born in Vermont in 1802; when quite a boy he moved with his father to Livingston County, New York, and received a common School education at Conesus; studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1829; was in the State Legislature in 1831, 1844, and 1845; was a Representative in Congress, from New York, from 1841 to 1843; Governor of the State, from 1847 to 1849; and Assistant Treasurer of the United States, in New York City, at the time of his death, which occurred April 23, 1852.
Young, Richard M.–He was a Senator in Congress, from Illinois, from 1837 to 1843; and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives in 1850 and 1851.
Young, Timothy R. — He was born in New Hampshire; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1835; and was a Representative in Congress, from Illinois, from 1849 to 1851.
Young, William S.—He was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, and was
a Representative in Congress, from that
State, from 1825 to 1827.
Yulee, David L.-He was born in the West Indies, of Hebrew extraction, in 1811, but when quite young was removed to Virginia, where he received the rudiments of a classical education. He emigrated to Florida in 1824, and though he studied law, he divided his time between the practice of his profession and the pursuits of agriculture. He was a Delegate to Congress, from the Territory of Florida, from 1841 to 1845, bearing the name of Levy, and as
Yulee was a Delegate to the Convention which formed the State Constitution, and was elected a Senator in Congress in 1845, where he continued until 1861, officiating as Chairman of the Committee on Post-offices and Postroads. He was also President of the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad in Florida. Resigned his seat in the Senate to take part in the Rebellion of 1861.
Zollicoffer, Feliac K.—Born in Maury County, Tennessee, May 19, 1812, and received an academical education. He served for a few months in a printing-office, and in 1829 took upon himself the management of a newspaper at Paris, Tennessee. In 1834 he was editor and publisher of the Columbian Observer, in the same State; in 1835 he was elected State printer, and re-elected in 1837; in 1842 he removed to Nashville, and edited the Banner; in 1843 he was elected Comptroller of the State Treasury, and was re-elected in 1845 and 1847; in 1849 was elected to the State Senate; in 1850 was a contractor for building the Suspension Bridge at Nashville; in 1851 and 1852, again edited the Nashville Banner, and was elected a Representative in Congress, from Tennessee, in 1853, where he continued until the close of the Thirty-fifth Congress, serving in the same as a member of the Committee on Territories. He subsequently joined the Great Rebellion, and served as a General of volunteers, having been killed at the battle of Somerset, Kentucky. He was a Delegate to the Peace Congress of 1861.