Benjamin Drake Wright
|Benjamin Drake Wright|
|Born||January 23, 1799|
|Died||April 28, 1875|
|Spouse||Josephine de la Rua|
|Children||George Washington Wright|
Five other sons
Benjamin Drake Wright was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on 23 January 1799. He was admitted to the bar of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on 7 April 1820. Wright came to Pensacola in the Spring of 1823.
In 1824 he was a member of the Legislative Council of the Territory of West Florida as well as United States Attorney for the part of the Territory between the Apalachicola and Suwanne Rivers. In 1825 he was appointed United States District Attorney for the whole of the Territory. In 1829, Wright served as the President of the Board of Aldermen of Pensacola. In a least 1839, Wright served in the Territorial Senate. In 1841, Wright was elected as Mayor of Pensacola. During the 1840s, Wright served as a federal judge, and after statehood in 1845, he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. In 1866, Wright was appointed Collector of Customs in the District of Pensacola in the State of Florida.
Judge Wright died in Pensacola in April 1875.