William Wright (American politician)

William Wright ( born November 13, 1794 in Clarksville, Rockland County, New York, † November 1, 1866 in Newark, New Jersey) was an American politician who represented the state of New Jersey in both chambers of Congress.

William Wright first attended the common schools and a private school in Poughkeepsie. During the British - American War, he took part in the defense of the city of Stonington (Connecticut ) against the British forces as a volunteer. He then trained to become Sattler and practiced this profession initially from in Bridgeport. In 1821 he moved to Newark, where he led his own saddle and leather business.

From 1840 to 1843 Wright exercised the office of mayor of Newark. On May 25, 1843 he was elected to succeed Lewis Condict second president of the railway company Morris and Essex Railroad. A post he held until his death. By the end of 1842 Wright won the election to the House of Representatives of the United States for the newly created 5th Congressional District of New Jersey. He belonged to the parliament as representatives of the Whigs of 4 March 1843 to 3 March 1847. 1847 presented him the Whigs as a candidate for the office of Governor of New Jersey, but with 48.1 percent of the vote he lost pretty nearly the Democrats Daniel Haines.

In 1850, Wright then by the Whigs to the Democrats, for he entered the United States Senate on March 4, 1853. He spent initially a six -year term until March 3, 1859 the re-election he did not succeed. During this time, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Manufactures, the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses and the Committee on engrossed bills. In 1862 he successfully applied for the second Senate seat from New Jersey, which he took from March 4, 1863. Wright, however, died before the end of his term in November 1866 in Newark, where he was also buried.

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