Benjamin H. Wright, dealer in stoves and hardware, at Kewanee, Ill., son of John and Phoebe (Halstead) Wright, natives of “York State” and of Scotch-Irish and German extraction respectively, was born in Orange Co., N. Y., Jan 4, 1823. His parents reared a family of six sons and four daughters, and he was sixth in the order of birth. The common schools afforded him a fair English education, and at the age of 17 years of age, at Florida, in his native county, he began the wagon-maker’s trade. At the end of one year he went to Dutchess County and joined his brother in wagon-making, and remained there perhaps a dozen years in that business, and afterwards three or four years as dealer in lumber and coal. In 1865 he came to Kewanee and embarked in the business he has since followed, recreation in the meantime probably two years.
In politics Mr. Wright is a Republican, coming from the Whigs, with whom he cast his first vote.
He was married at Dover, N. Y., in 1852 to Miss Charlotte McKoy, a native of Connecticut, though brought up in Dover. Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. W. we have the following brief record; Silas, a farmer in Kansas; Ella, wife of W. A. Bowen, Jeweler, Kewanee; and Anna, an accomplished young lady at home with her parents.


Pg. 695   1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois

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