Floyd County, Iowa
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
George G. Wright was born at Bloomington, Ind., March 24, 1820; was educated at private
schools, and graduated at the State University of Indiana in 1839; read
law with his brother, Joseph Wright, at Rockville, Ind.; removed to
Iowa, in October, 1840, and commenced practice; served as Prosecuting
Attorney in 1847-'8; was elected to the State Senate of Iowa in 1849,
and served two terms; in 1854, was chosen Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of the State, and was elected to the same bench by the people
(owing to a change in the State Constitution) in 1860, and again in
1865; was a professor on the law department of the State University
six years, commencing in 1865; was elected a United States Senator from
Iowa, as a Republican, to succeed James B. Howell, Republican, who had
been elected to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of James
W. Grimes, and served from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1877.