Benjamin Drake Wright was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on January 23, 1799. Wright moved to Pensacola in the Spring of 1823. From 1824 to 1837 he was a member of the Legislative Council of the Territory of West Florida. Wright married Josephine de la Rua on February 23, 1826 and they had 8 children. He was a member of the 1838 Constitutional Convention, served in the Territorial Senate 1839-1840 and in the Florida Senate after statehood in 1845. He served as Supreme Court Chief Justice for 7 months in 1853 and was a member of the 1865 Constitutional Convention. Benjamin Drake Wright died in Pensacola, Florida on April 28, 1874.
Wright bought the Pensacola Gazette in 1834
Benjamin D. Wright Mayor of Pensacola in 1841
Jonathon Walker accepted the services of a lawyer (about 1844/45), Benjamin Drake Wright, who had earlier spurned Walker out of indignation. Walker and Wright entered the courtroom on November 14th. to stand trial for what the state considered a crime—stealing another man's slave. Walker, as most abolitionists at the time believed, felt he committed no crime, that no man should "own" another man. Unfortunately Walker lost the case and was branded and imprisoned.
Josephine de la Rua Wright