Joseph A. Wright

Born Apr 17, 1810
Hometown Washington, Penns...
Died May 11, 1867
Death Place Berlin, Germany
Political Party United States Dem...
Religion Methodist
Alma Mater Indiana Universit...

Joseph Albert Wright was the tenth Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana from December 5, 1849 to January 12, 1857, most noted for his opposition to banking. His positions created a rift between him and the Indiana General Assembly who overrode all of his anti-banking vetoes. He responded by launching legal challenges to the acts, but was ruled against by the Indiana Supreme Court.… Read More

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1810 Birth Joseph Albert Wright was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on April 17, 1810 the son John and Rachel Seaman Wright.
1820 10 Years Old He moved with his family to Bloomington, Indiana in 1820, where he attended public school. … Read More


1828 18 Years Old He graduated in 1828 and decided to become a lawyer. … Read More


1831 - 1832 2 More Events
1836 26 Years Old In 1836, supporting internal improvements, he ran again and was elected to serve a second term; it was during the height of the state's internal improvement craze and he voted for the implementing act.
1838 28 Years Old He left the General Assembly to become the prosecuting attorney of the Indiana 1st circuit in 1838, but found he did not like the constant traveling and resigned the following year.
1839 29 Years Old He ran for the Indiana State Senate in 1839. … Read More


1840 30 Years Old After the 1840 legislative session, Wright reopened his law office with a new partner, congressman Tilghman A. Howard, a friend of the governor and President Andrew Jackson.
1843 33 Years Old At Tilghman's suggestion he ran for Congress in 1843 in his Whig dominated district and won election narrowly, by only three votes. … Read More
1845 35 Years Old 1 More Event
He was defeated in his 1845 reelection campaign by 171 votes. … Read More
In 1849, Wright backed Whitcomb in his failed bid for the United States Senate against pro-slavery state Democrat leader Jesse D. Bright. … Read More


1851 41 Years Old 1 More Event
During his administration Indiana adopted its current constitution, and Wright was a driving force in its adoption in 1851 election. … Read More
1852 42 Years Old 1 More Event
His primary opponent during his term remained Jesse Bright, who led his faction of the party against Wright on many different measures. Bright continued to antagonize Wright, and at the party's 1852 convention Bright was able to keep a large number of delegate from casting a vote in an attempt to bog down proceedings and keep Wright from being nominated to run again for Governor. … Read More
1854 44 Years Old Wright remarried to Harriet Burbridge on August 15, 1854, and the couple had one daughter Harriet died in October 1855.
1855 45 Years Old In 1855, another bill was passed to permit the Bank of Indiana to incorporate privately, and was also vetoed by Wright. … Read More
1857 47 Years Old 1 More Event
With his legal options exhausted, Wright took the fight back to the legislature in 1857, giving a scathing speech accusing the body of many different violations of public good-will. … Read More


1861 51 Years Old Wright was in Germany when the American Civil War began, and he quickly returned home, arriving in Indianapolis on September 7, 1861, and openly supported the Union cause. In 1861, a letter was intercepted addressed to "His Excellency, the President of the Confederate States of America", and was from Senator Bright, offering advice on procuring weapons. … Read More
1862 52 Years Old Wright was appointed to serve as Senator in his place from February 24, 1862 until his replacement was elected and took the seat on January 14, 1863.
1863 53 Years Old 1 More Event
He remarried again in 1863 to Caroline Rockwell who returned with him to Germany after Abraham Lincoln reappointed Wright to serve as the Ambassador to Prussia.
1867 57 Years Old Died on May 11, 1867.
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