George Washington Wright

George Washington Wright

Birth
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Death 3 Mar 1918 (aged 79)
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 100341244 · View Source
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From left:
Alwin D Wright (1875-1906)
Sallie A Wright (1871-1919)
Val H Wright (1866-1905)
Margaret Emma Bagley Wright (1839-1924)
George W Wright (1839-1918)
Back row from right:
Reginald Wright
Lawrance Wright
Joseph Wright (1880-1885)
William B Wright (1863-1919)
Josephine M Wright (1861-1881)

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Son of Judge Benjamin Drake Wright who was a native of Wilke-Barre, PA, came to Pensacola not long after General Andrew Jackson had accepted the Territory of Florida for the United States, from Spain. Judge Wright was a prominent attorney and jurist, and one of the leading men of his time. He married Josephine de la Rua (Wright), daughter of Don Juan de la Rua, Colonel in the Spanish Army, who built his home, "El Punta del Diablo," (afterward Gull Point), on Escambia Bay, where in 1822 General Jackson, as Provisional Military Governor of Florida held the first Territorial Legislature.
Mr. Wright was born in Pensacola, February 22, 1839. When a young man he engaged in the lumber and timber business, but when the Civil War broke out, he answered the call to arms and served with the Confederate forces as a commissioned officer in General Clanton's Brigade. He returned to find his home and mill in ashes, but the reverses he suffered through the effects of the war did not thwart him in his efforts to reach the goal of a successful life.
Mr. Wright rebuilt his mill, and with his brother, Henry Wright, began a prosperous business. After operating on Escambia Bay for several years he sold this plant to northern interests, and moved into town in 1873 or 1874, building his home at 24 West Gregory street, and transferring his interests and business to a site on Pensacola Bay, for many years known as "Wright's Mill." He also built, in connection with his large lumber and timber interests, several steamboats for use in bringing logs and timbers from his mill at Point Washington, on Choctawhatchee Bay and River, and from the Yellow and Escambia rivers to Pensacola. In connection with his plant he also built the Yellow River Railroad, which was later sold to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. At Pine Barren, too, he had large lumber interests.
Some years later, ill health induced him to give his children his mill at Pensacola, with its extensive timber holdings in Florida and Alabama, to be operated as the "W. B. Wright Co."
To quote the written words of a life-long friend:
"George W. Wright manifested that loftiness of spirit and strength of intellect that are imbedded in the temperament of noble characters only. His acts of charity were not performed from policy, or the view of winning applause of others, nor to inspire gratitude, but to establish that brotherhood that should exist between them. Constant to his friends, loyal to his family, a law-abiding citizen of indomitable will, he stood second to none in this community."
Throughout his entire life he was closely connected with the industrial and social development of the city of Pensacola, where his example has made an indelible impression.
Mr. Wright was a Roman Catholic. He married Margaret Emma Bagley, April 16, 1860, in Covington, La. Of their union eight children were born: Josephine Mary, William Benjamin, Valentine Hambleton de la Rua, Laura Lemenda (Mrs. J. Simpson Reese), Sallie Ann, Alwin Dudley, Mary Ethel (Mrs. R. M. Cary), and Joseph. All are deceased, except Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Cary.
Died at home in Pensacola, March 3rd, 1918

Source: History of Escambia County Florida, Written by Professor H. Clay Armstrong (Editor-In-Chief) with Celia Myrover Robinson (Biographical Editor); 1930



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  • Created by: Jean Booton
  • Added: 7 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100341244
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington Wright (22 Feb 1839–3 Mar 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100341244, citing Saint Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Jean Booton (contributor 47449737) .