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Capt Josiah J. Wright

Lewis Miller

CAPT. JOSIAH J. WRIGHT,- born in Swanton, Vt., September 19, 1821 ; educated in district school ; in boyhood, when so small as to require a block to stand on while blowing and striking, working as blacksmith's assistant ; at 15 became clerk in country store ; in 1840 came to Ohio, working on farm at 50 cents per day ; for a time attended Twinsburg Institute ; then taught school winters and worked at blacksmithing summers. After marriage to Miss Margaret A. Waite, of Brecksville, August 21, 1842, Mr. and Mrs. Wright jointly taught school one year in SouthBloomfield,Pickaway county,O. For many years Mr. Wright was a successful and popular auctioneer and commission merchant ; in 1851 removing to Akron, where for several years he officiated as constable, marshal and general detective.

In the war of the Rebellion Capt. Wright took a prominent part, serving as captain of Co. G, 29th O. V. L, until discharged October 1, 1862, on account of wounds received at Cedar Mountain August 9, 1862; on partial recovery engaged in recruiting service ; in 1863 again entering the army as second lieutenant of Co. K, 129th O. V. I., serving till discharged for disability in March, 1864 ; again engaged in recruiting, and again, in Spring of 1865, entered the army, first as a private, soon being comtnis- sioned captain of Co. D, 197th O. V. I., serving till discharged, at close of the war, August 6th, 1865. After the war Capt. Wright officiated for some time as auctioneer and private detective, and later, for several years, as editor and publisher of the Akron Commercial and its successor, the People 's Monthly.

Died Jul. 29, 1825, is burried in Tallmadge Cemetery

  1. Fifty years and over of Akron and Summit County
    Author: Lane, Samuel A. (Samuel Alanson), 1815-1905
    Publisher: Akron, Ohio : Beacon Job Department (1892)
    P. 363

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