Legislation Quick Search
07/27/2021 09:02 AM
Pennsylvania State Senate

George W Wright

Photo credit:

Lt. Governor’s Photograph Album., 1878, RG-22, PSA; also: History of Mercer County (Chicago: Brown and Runk, 1888



Session Position District Party
1877 47 Republican
1879-1880 47 Republican
 Counties   Lawrence, Mercer


1841 - 1921

Born, July 10, 1841, in Worth Township, Mercer County, the son of British immigrants Thomas and Sarah (Fowler) Wright, George received his education in common schools, the Mercer and Thickson Academies, Meadville; taught school in Tennessee and Kentucky, 1859-1860; returned to Meadville where he mustered in as a private in Co. I., 39th Regt., PVI, 10th Pa. Reserves, June 20, 1861 – three years service.  After deployment to Baltimore and Washington, he trained at Langley, Virginia, seeing action at Drainesville; Mechanicsville; Gaines Mill; Charles City Crossroads; Malvern Hill; Harrison’s Landing; Gainesville; 2d Bull Run; South Mountain; Antietam; Fredericksburg; and the Mud March.  He returned to Washington D.C.; discharged by order of surgeon’s certificate; engaged in the oil business at Petroleum Center, Venango County; established the Sandy Lake Car Company; appointed manager of the Mount Joy, McAllisterville, and superintendent of the Chester Springs soldiers’ orphans schools; elected Clerk of the County Commission, 1868-1873; County Recorder, 1873-1876; and elected to the state Senate, 1877 - 1880.  The Senator married Rozetta M. Carrol.  He passed away in Mercer County in 1921.