|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1839|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1914|
Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.
1653 - 1912 Westmoreland County Virginia by Wright, Thomas Roane Barnes, compiler.
The eldest son of William Alfred Wright and Charlotte Wright. His father was a soldier of 1812. Educated at Fleetwood Academy and Hanover Academy under Colonel Lewis Minor Coleman. He went on to the University of Virginia and was in graduate school at the outbreak of war. He went as part of the Southern Guard to Harper's Ferry then joined the Richmond Howitzers. After the Seven Days he transfered to the 55th Virginia Regiment. Elected lieutenant and then promoted on the field of battle for gallantry. He was wounded in a charge before Petersburg in September of 1864. He lay on the battlefield for days and ended up at Chimborazo clinging to life. He survived. His two brothers, Captain William Alfred Wright and Sergeant Richard Edward Wright did not. Both killed. Thomas began to practice law in 1868, was elected Essex commonwealth attorney in 1870 and continued as such until 1891 when he was commisioned judge of the ninth Virginia circuit by unamimous vote.
Grandson of Edward Wright and Mary Pitts, his wife, and of Richard Barnes and Rebecca Roane, his wife, and great-grandson of William Wright, who emigrated to the New World from Scotland, early in the seventeenth century. William A. Wright (father) was an eminent lawyer, commonwealth's attorney of Essex county, Virginia, and served as a private in the war of 1812. Thomas R. B. Wright was educated at Fleetwood Academy, Hanover Academy, and the University of Virginia, which he entered during the session of 1859-60. Two days after the fall of Fort Sumter, he was one of a company of university students, known as the "Southern Guard," to march to Harper's Ferry, and shortly after was a private in the Second Company, Richmond Howitzers, and was later transferred to Company F, Fifty-fifth Virginia Regiment; was elected lieutenant, Company A of that regiment, and later promoted for gallantry; was dangerously wounded in charge of Fort McCrae, September 30, 1864. After the close of the war he studied in the law office of James M. Matthews, Esq., and in 1868 began the practice of law, and two years later was elected commonwealth's attorney of Essex county; was elected judge of the ninth judicial circuit of Virginia, December 14, 1891. He was twice re-elected judge. He took an active part in politics, serving as canvasser for the state at large in many heated campaigns; was presidential elector from the first congressional district on the Cleveland ticket in 1888; a member of the Democratic state committee, and chairman of the committee of the first district. He was the first president of the Tidewater Alumni Association of the University of Virginia, and served as first commander of the Wright-Latané Camp, Confederate Veterans. In early manhood Judge Wright was baptized in St. John's Episcopal Church, Tappahannock, Virginia. Judge Wright married, November 29, 1876, Margaret Davidella Preston, of Lewisburg, West Virginia. She was the first president of the Essex Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and was president of the Woman's Monument Association of Essex County (incorporated) which erected in 1907 a monument to the heroic Confederate dead of Essex county.
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Record added: Jul 14, 2006
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Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.|
Added: Jul. 14, 2006