Wright, Nathaniel

Born: 1808-XX-XX Massachusetts

Flourished: Tremont, Illinois

Nathaniel Wright was a landowner, minister, and merchant in Tremont, Illinois. In 1835 and 1836, Wright purchased approximately 250 acres of public land in Dillon Township. In 1850, he was working as a merchant in Tremont and owned real property valued at $4,000. In 1850, Abraham Lincoln defended Wright in Tazewell County Circuit Court against charges that Wright and two others, in opening a lard business, were operating an unwholesome business.

Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 10 February 1838, 2:7; 11 January 1844, 1:3; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Tazewell County, 68:210, 69:2, 80, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Tremont, Tazewell County, IL, 138; People v. Wright et al., 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=136272.