Augustus Romaldus Wright

June 16, 1813
March 31, 1891
Home Town:
Wrightsboro, GA
Later Residences:
Cassville, GA
Rome, GA
Elizabeth Richardson Wright (1832)
Adaline Allman Wright (ca. 1847)
Biographical Notes:
Augustus Romaldus Wright spent his boyhood in Augusta as well as on a farm six miles from Appling, GA. Wright attended the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (which would later become the University of Georgia in Athens) where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society. He then attended the Litchfield Law School before being admitted the State Bar of Georgia in 1835.

He spent his first year of legal practice in Crawfordville, GA. He moved to Cassville, Cherokee County, GA and practiced law there from 1836 to 1842. Wright lost his first bid for Congress in 1842, and was later defeated a second time when he ran as a Whig. From 1842 until 1849, Wright served as a judge of the superior court of the Cherokee circuit.

His first wife died in 1845 and Wright married ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Educated at schools in Appling and Athens, GA before attending Franklin College. He also attended the University of Georgia, but never graduated.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Georgia in 1835 and Rome, GA in 1855
Training with Other Lawyers:
After the closing of the Litchfield Law School he continued his law education with William Tracy Gould of Augusta, GA.
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (GA) 1857-1859
Confederate Congress
Federal Committees:
Delegate to the Harrisburg Convention in 1827.
State Posts:
Judge of the Superior Court on the Cherokee County Circuit (GA) 1842-1849
Judge of the Superior Court (GA) 1855-1857
State Committees:
Delegate to the GA Secession Convention and the Confederate Secession Convention.

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Warner, Ezra J. and W. Buck Yearns. Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress. Louisiana: Lousiana State University Press, 1975.

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