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John Crafts Wright

August 17, 1783
February 13, 1861
Home Town:
Rocky Hill, CT
Later Residences:
Troy, NY
Steubenville, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Mary Collier Wright (August 24, 1805)
Biographical Notes:
John Crafts Wright was the son of ship builder John Wright, who during the Revolutionary War captured the British ship "Hero" and added it to the Continental Navy. His mother was Martha Robbins. During his childhoold, Wright was apprenticed to Thomas Collier of Litchfield who taught him the printing business. Wright later married Thomas Colliers' sister. The couple then moved to Troy, NY where their first child was born in 1806. He later returned to Litchfield where he studied law and may have been the only student who was married while attending the Litchfield Law School.

After his admission to the bar, Wright moved his family to Steubenville, OH where he practiced law. Wright became a noted lawyer of that region. During this time, Wright also entered public office serving first ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
He was apprenticed to Thomas Collier of Litchfield to work in his printing office and there learned the printing business and received an academic education.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Business; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Attorney 1817
U.S. Representative (OH) 1823-1829
State Posts:
Judge of the Supreme Court (OH) 1831-1835

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Marshall, Carington Tanner. A History of the Courts and Lawyers of Ohio. American Historical Society, 1934.

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