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Lawyer

John Vines Wright, American lawyer. member Congress, 1855-1861. Entered 13th Tennessee regiment, C.S.A.

Background

Wright, John Vines was born on June 28, 1828 in Purdy, Tennessee, United States. Son of Captain Benjamin W., United States of America.

Education

Educated Purdy and attended session of University of Kentucky, Louisville. Studied medical jurisprudence preparatory for law, taking whole medical course at Louisville.

Career

Admitted to bar, 1852. Defeated for member legislature, 1853, by one vote. Member Congress, 1855-1861.

Entered 13th Tennessee regiment, C.S.A. Elected captain of company and colonel of regiment. Was at battle of Belmont and had horse killed under him: served in army until elected member Confederate Congress, and served until surrender of Confederacy.

After war, judge circuit court. Chancellor and judge Supreme Court, Tennessee. Chairman Northwest Indian Commission, 1886-1887.

Made more treaties with Indians than any other living man. Also member of commission to Great Sioux Nation. Nominated for government Tennessee, 1880, but defeated by defection of faction of Democrats favoring repudiation of State bonds—Republican being elected.

Is now in legal department of General Land Office, Washington.

Membership

Member Congress, 1855-1861. Entered 13th Tennessee regiment, C.S.A.

Connections

Married Georgia Hays, November 23, 1858.

father:
Captain Benjamin W. Wright

spouse:
Georgia Hays