Wright, John

Flourished: Sangamon County, Illinois

Wright was an early settler in Sangamon County, Illinois, arriving there before 1830. He amassed huge tracts of public lands in what would become Logan and Menard counties. One of his tracts of land, near Rocky Ford in what became Logan County, seemed an ideal location for a new town, and in 1836, Abraham Lincoln surveyed and laid out the proposed new town of Albany. In 1848, Lincoln & Herndon represented Wright in a lawsuit against Robert T. McNeely.

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Logan County, 68:136, 143, 181; 69:10, 91; 70:50; Menard County, 68:51, 128, 137, 237; 70:30, 33, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Lawrence B. Stringer, History of Logan County Illinois (Chicago: Pioneer, 1911), 1:99, 213, 347-48; Survey of Albany, Illinois; Wright v. McNeeley, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=136081.