Wright, Riley Erastus
Age: 23, credited to Coventry, VTVITALS
Birth: 07/24/1839, Westminster, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Wright, Riley E., of Baltimore, Md., son of Erastus and Mary A. (Fairbrother) Wright, was born July 24, 1839, in Westminster.
Mr. Wright was educated in the common schools and academy of Derby, and at Glover and Coventry. He fitted for college at Powers' Institute, Bernardston, Mass., where he was both student and French instructor, having perfected himself in that language by residence and study at St. Hyacinth and St. Rosalie, Canada, in 1859. He was admitted to Dartmouth College, expecting to pursue a course there, but afterwards decided to go to Middlebury College, where he remained until the fall of 1862, and during his sophomore year he felt it to be his duty to enlist in the army, and left college for that purpose. During the years he was attending the academy and college, at the age of seventeen and after, he taught school in winter.
Upon his return home from the army he entered upon the study of the law in the office of the late Judge Benjamin H. Steele, at Derby Line, and was admitted to Orleans county bar Dec. 31, 1864. He soon removed to Baltimore, and entered upon the practice of law, which he has continued to the present day with success. He is connected with several corporations as counsel, and defended Gen. E. B. Tyler in the investigation of charges against him while postmaster at Baltimore, during President Hayes' administration, which lasted many weeks and attracted general attention throughout the country. The President personally reviewed the testimony, and General Tyler was completely exonerated.
In politics he is a Republican, and takes a lively interest in the political questions of the day, occasionally going on the stump. He was in 1893 the candidate of his party for judge of the supreme bench of Baltimore city.
He left college in 1862 and returning to his home at Coventry, in a week's time he recruited a company of volunteers known as Co. H, 15th Vt. Vols., of which he was unanimously elected a captain and served until mustered out June 16, 1863. After the St. Albans raid, under order from the Governor of Vermont, he enlisted and commanded a company of militia to protect the banks and other property from apprehended danger.
Mr. Wright is a Mason. He is also Past Commander Custer Post, GAR, and was at one time judge advocate general of the department. For many years he has been a member of the board of managers of the Society for Protection of Children; likewise the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
He was married at Newport, Sept. 11, 1866, to Mary E., daughter of Isaac and Abigail (Stevens) Collier. Their only child died in infancy.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, p. 174.