Joseph A. Wright

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(17 April, 1810 -- 11 May, 1867) Wright was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, Wright moved with his family to Indiana in 1820. Wright studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1829. Wright served as a member of the State House of Representatives in 1833 and 1836, subsequently serving in the State Senate in 1840. Wright was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-Eighth Congress but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. Wright served as Governor of Indiana from 1849 to 1857. Afterwards, Wright was appointed by President Buchanan as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Prussia from 1857 to 1861. Wright was then elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate in order to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of Jesse D. Bright. Wright did not serve another term, but was appointed United States commissioner to the Hamburg Exhibition in 1863. Wright was reappointed to the position of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Prussia in 1865, serving the role until his death in Berlin in 1867. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

Member of Indiana Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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