Robert Wright (politician)
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Robert Wright (
November 20, 1752– September 7, 1826) was an American politician.
Wright was born at Narborough, near
Chestertown, Maryland, attended the common schools, and Washington Collegeof Chestertown. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1773, and commenced practice in Chestertown. He served in the Maryland militiaduring the American Revolutionary Waras private, lieutenant, and later as captain. After the war, he served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegatesfrom 1784 to 1786, and as a member of the Maryland State Senatein 1801.
In 1800, Wright was elected as a Democratic Republican to the
United States Senateon November 19, 1801, for the term commencing March 4, 1801. In the Senate, Wright served as delegate to the Farmers’ National Convention in 1803. He resigned from the Senate on November 12, 1806, having been elected Governor of Maryland, a position he served in from 1806 to 1809.
After his tenure as Governor, Wright served as clerk of
Queen Anne's County, Marylandin 1810, and was elected to the Eleventh and Twelfth Congresses to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Brown. He was re-elected to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses and served from November 29, 1810, to March 3, 1817. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1816 to the Fifteenth Congress, but was successfully elected to the Seventeenth Congress, serving from March 4, 1821to March 3, 1823. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1822.
In his later life, Wright served as district judge of the lower Eastern Shore district of Maryland from 1823 until his death at Blakeford in Queen Anne's County. He is interred in the private burying ground of the DeCourcy family at Cheston-on-Wye in Queen Anne's County.
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