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Silas Wright
Date: 1795 - 1847
Remarks: He was the son of Silas and Eleanor (Goodale) Wright. He was a descendant of Deacon Samuel Wright, one of the earliest settlers of western MA. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1819 and began his practice in Canton, NY. He was an active Jacksonian Democrat. One of the leaders of the Albany Regency. He served in Congress from 1827-1829. In 1829 he became the comptroller of NY. In 1833, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the unexpired term of William L. Marcy. He was elected to senate in 1837 for a second term and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He resigned in 1844 and the following year he was elected Governor of NY serving until 1847.