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WM. B. WRIGHT was the son of Samuel Wright and Martha Brown, his wife, and was born in Newburgh, April 16, 1806. His father was a ship-carpenter, and he himself an apprentice, in his early years, to the business of printing under Ward M. Gazlay. He was an industrious boy and much of a student, and found his way, after his apprenticeship, to the office of Ross & Knevels, where he read law. On his admission to the bar he practiced in the office of Samuel J. Wilkin, at Goshen, and there, as well as at Newburgh, was connected with the press. Indeed, his early life was very much mixed up with mechanical, editorial, and legal pursuits. From Goshen he removed (1835) to Monticello, where he settled down to a quiet local practice, in which there was no example of industry or brilliant genius. At one period his life was a failure, but in 1846 he succeeded in the election as delegate to the Constitutional Convention, where he made some friends and acquaintances. In 1846 he was elected member of Congress by a combination of Whigs and Anti-Renters, and gained such additional notoriety that he secured a combination nomination for justice of the Supreme Court, in which station he remained by re-election for twelve years. In 1861 he was elected judge of the Court of Appeals, and served in that capacity until 1868, when he died. In his judicial position his whole character underwent a change, so greatly so indeed that Ward Hunt, his associate judge, could say with truth, "His enduring monument will be found in the reports of the decisions of this court. Patient, laborious, learned, clear minded, and discriminating, he ranks honorably in that long line of distinguished men who have presided on this bench." With the ability add determination to adapt himself to the opportunity, Judge Wright secured a reputation which few of his contemporaries attained. During the latter years of his life his residence was at Kingston.