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2LT Benjamin Hall Wright

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2LT Benjamin Hall Wright

Birth
Rome, Oneida County, New York, USA
Death 13 May 1881 (aged 79)
Rome, Oneida County, New York, USA
Burial Rome, Oneida County, New York, USA
Plot Lot 25 Section C
Memorial ID 13169284 View Source
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BENJAMIN HALL WRIGHT
USMA CLASS OF 1822
CULLUM'S REGISTER #304

SERVED ONE YEAR IN THE ARMY
RAILROAD ENGINEER
" FATHER OF CUBAN RAILROADS "

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Son of Benjamin Wright, scientist and engineer. His father is considered to be the " Father of Civil Engineering ". The elder Wright was chief engineer on several canals including the Erie Canal , the Delaware Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Canal.

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304. ( Born N. Y. ). BENJAMIN H. WRIGHT. ( Ap'd N. Y. ). 19

Military History:---- Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 14, 1818 to July 1, 1822 when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

( SECOND LIEUT., 2D INFANTRY, JULY 1, 1822 )

Served in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y. , 1822-23

( RESIGNED, JUNE 1, 1823 )

Civil History:---- Captain, New York Militia, 1823-27; Civil Engineer, 1823-42, Prompted the first establishment of Railroads in the island of Cuba, and executed the survey of the first Railroad from Havana to Guines, 1834 ; Associate Principal Engineer of Cuba, in the service of the Spanish Government, 1835-35 ; Engineer, Cardenas and Bemba Railroad, Cuba, 1836,---- and of Nuevitas and Puerto Principe Railroad, Cuba, 1837-42.

( DIED MAY 13, 1881 AT ROME, N. Y. , AGED 80 )

( BURIED, ROME CEMETERY, ROME N. Y. )

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U. S. CENSUS 1850
Rome, Oneida, New York
House Number 517

BENJ. H. WRIGHT. MALE. 48. NEW YORK.----- ENGINEER
HENRIETTA T. WRIGHT. FEMALE. 45. NEW YORK
BENJ. H. WRIGHT. MALE. 15. NEW YORK
HENRIETTA H. WRIGHT. FEMALE. 9. NEW YORK
ALBERT WRIGHT. MALE. 4. NEW YORK
BENJ. N. HUNINGTON. MALE. 34. NEW YORK
SARAH CHURTON. FEMALE. 29. ENGLAND
WILLIAM JONES. MALE. 23. WALES.----- LABORER
HANNAH CHURTON. FEMALE. 23. ENGLAND
CATHERINE HUTTON. FEMALE. 20. IRELAND

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U. S. CENSUS 1860
First Ward, Village of Rome
Oneida, New York
Household 447

BENJAMIN F. WRIGHT. MALE. 58. NEW YORK
HENRIETTA D. WRIGHT. FEMALE. 57. NEW YORK
BENJASMIN H. WRIGHT. MALE. 25. NEW YORK
HENRIETTA H. WRIGHT. FEMALE. 19. NEW YORK
SARAH CHARDON. FEMALE. 35. ENGLAND ----SERVANT
EDWARD MC CARTY. MALE. 22. ENGLAND ------ SERVANT
JANE BECKLEY. FEMALE. 23. ENGLAND ------ SERVANT
ALICE CRANE. FEMALE. 17. IRELAND ----- SERVANT

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U. S. CENSUS 1870
ROME WARD 5
ONEIDA, NEW YORK
Dwelling 532

BENJAMIN WRIGHT. Male. 68. NEW YORK ------ CIVIL ENGINEER
B. HUNTINGTON WRIGHT. MALE. 35. NEW YORK ------ FARMER
FLORENCE WRIGHT. FEMALE. TENNESSEE. ------ KEEPING HOUSE
INFANT WRIGHT. 8/12
HENRIETTA WRIGHT FEMALE. 29
SARAH HUYCK. FEMALE. 19. CANADA ------ Servant
ANNIE MURPHY. FEMALE. 22. IRELAND -----Servant
HENRY TULLY. MALE. 55. NEW YORK ---- LABORER

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U. S. CENSUS 1880
ROME, ONEIDA, NEW YORK
DISTRICT ED 117
SHEET NUMBER 120 B

BENJAMIN H. WRIGHT. SELF. MALE. 78. NEW YORK
HENRIETTA H. WRIGHT. DAUGHTER. FEMALE. 39. NEW YORK
FLORENCE C. WRIGHT. DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. FEMALE. 30. TENNESSEE
BENJAMIN H. WRIGHT. SON. MALE. 40. NEW YORK
CLARENCE C. WRIGHT. GRANDSON. MALE. 10. NEW. YORK
ELIZABETH KNEPSER. OTHER. FEMALE. 230. NEW YORK
MARY KNEPSER. OTHER. FEMALE. 18. NEW YORK
DANIEL MURPHY. OTHER. MALE. 18. NEW YORK
MARIET WOOD. OTHER. FEMALE. 27. NEW YORK

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APPLETON'S CYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY
VOL VI

WRIGHT, Benjamin Hall, engineer, b. in Rome N. Y., 19 Oct., 1801 : d, there, 13 May, 1881. He was graduated at the U. S. Military Academy in 1822, and served as 2d lieutenant in the 2d infantry on garrison duty in Sackett's Harbor until his resignation on 1 June 1823. The profession of civil engineering then engaged his attention and he prompted the first establishment of railroads on the island of Cuba. In 1834 he conducted the preliminary survey and subsequent construction of the line from Havana to Guines, the first railroad in Cuba. He was in 1836 engineer of the Cardenas and Bemba railroad and in 1837-42 engineer of the Nuevitas and Puerto Principe railroad. For a time he was associate principal engineer of Cuba, in the service of the Spanish government. He then returned to this country and was one of the first to conceive the idea of introducing steam as a motive power for canal boats, building several experimental engines, which were operated successfully.

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Researched and Transcribed by ED CATTERSON
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12/18/2020


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