George W. Wright, Co. I, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

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George W. Wright (7/19/1841-2/22/1921) m. 1864, Rozetta Carroll (1842-1917) dau. of David & Elizabeth (Alcorn) Carroll. George served in Co. [I], 10th PA [Res.], Civil War, ed. in common school., Mercer Academy Thickson Academy, & Allegheny College. He began teaching at 16 yrs. old to pay expenses at academies & taught in TN & CK in 1859-60. He was in the south when John Brown led raid on Harpers Ferry. On return from war he engaged in oil business at Petroleum Centre, Venango Co., PA, helped est. the Sandy Lake Car Manufacturing Co., while there he was app’ted clerk to co. commissioner & help post til 1873 when elected co. recorder. While at that post he was app’ted. superintendent of the Mercer Soldier’s Orphan School. Elected to state senate 1876 serving 1 term. In 1877 he was app’ted super. of Mt. Joy, PA Soldier’s Orphans School & in 1883 the schools of McAllisterville & Chester Springs. He founded bank in Mercer, PA, founded water works & associated with first Reznor gas stove. Bank name was Farmers & Mechanics National Bank until merged with Mercer Co. Trust Co. He had numerous business interests, most of which were successful. In Civil War was under Brig. Conrad F. Jackson, Co. G, 10th PA Vol., Reynold’s div. of 3rd Corp., Army of VA, 3rd Brig. at 2nd Battle of Bull Run. He was said to be arrogant, self-centered, bigoted & hard to live with. He left money to scholarship fund for Mercer Co. students & some family members.1

Mercer, Pa., Feb. 23rd George W. Wright, aged 80. Former state senator, died yesterday. He had been an invalid for 20 years Mr Wright was born in Worth township, Mercer county. July 19, 1841, a son of Thomas and Sarah Fowler Wright. In the Civil War he served in Co. I. Tenth Pennsylvania reserves. He went into the oil business in Venango county, later coming to Mercer county to engage in manufacturing. In 1873. He was elected county recorder of deeds, and later served as superintendent of the Mercer County Orphans school, and other similar schools at Mount Joy, Pa, and Chester Springs. Pa. In 1876 he was elected to the state senate and served one term. He was a Republican. He is survived by two brothers, Richard Wright of Mercer, and Alexander Wright of Blairsville and an adopted sister, Mrs Marind Graham of Mercer.2

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Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Currently a resident of Burke, Virginia - I'm originally from the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have been a student of the Pennsylvania Reserves since 1997 and thoroughly enjoy telling their story. By trade I'm a former IT Professional but presently working as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service.

  1. The original article stated he served in Company G, however, he is found on the muster rolls of Company I.
  2. The Pittsburgh Press – February 23, 1921