Edwin R. V. Wright

Edwin Ruthvin Vincent Wright ( born January 2, 1812 in Hoboken, New Jersey; † January 21, 1871 in Jersey City, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1865 and 1867 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edwin Wright attended the common schools and then from 1835 was in the newspaper business operates. In the following years, he moved to New Jersey two daily newspapers. After a subsequent law degree in 1839 and its recent approval as a lawyer in Jersey City, he began to work in this profession. Later he transferred his residence and his law firm to Hudson City. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1843 he was a member of the New Jersey State Council. From 1851 to 1855 Wright served as district attorney in Hudson County. In 1855 he was elected mayor of Hudson City.

In the congressional elections of 1864 Wright was in the fifth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Nehemiah Perry on March 4, 1865. Since he resigned in 1866 for health reasons on another candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1867. In this time, the end of the Civil War fell in April 1865. Starting this year, the work of the Congress of the conflict between the Republican Party and President Andrew Johnson was overshadowed, culminating later in a narrowly failed impeachment.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Edwin Wright withdrew from politics. He died on 21 January 1871 in Jersey City.