Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Robert Wright (1752-1826)
MSA SC 3520-1425

Governor of Maryland, 1806-1809 (Democrat)

Born:  November 20, 1752, probably at "Guildord," near Centreville, Queen Anne's County1
Father:  Solomon Wright2
Mother:  Mary (Tidmarsh) Wright3
Marriages:  1780 to Sarah DeCoursey; second marriage, date and first name of wife unknown, last name Ringgold; March 19, 1822 to Elizabeth Harriot Robertson4,5
Children:  Robert Theodore DeCoursey, William Henry DeCoursey, Gustavus William Tidmarsh, Clinton, Caroline Augusta, Victoria Louisa6
Education: graduated from Kent County School (forerunner of Washington College), studied law7
Religious affiliation:  Anglican8
Military service:
            Private, Captain James Kent's Militia Company, 1776
            Captain, Col. William Richardson's battalion of the Maryland Line, commissioned July 1777,
            mustered out in October 17779
Positions held:
          Admitted to the bar, 1773; lawyer
            Maryland House of Representatives, 1777-1778; 1780, 1784; 1786-1787; 1791-1792
            Maryland Senate, 1801
            U.S. Senator, 1801-1806
            Governor of Maryland, 1806-1809
            Clerk, Queen Anne's County, 1810
            U.S. Representative, 1810-1817, 1821-1823
            Associate Justice, Second District, 1823-182610
Died:  September 7, 1826, at "Blakeford," Queen Anne's County11
Burial:  "Cheston-on-Wye," in the DeCoursey family cemetery, Queen Anne's County12

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