Augustus Romaldus Wright
|Augustus Romaldus Wright|
June 16, 1813|
|Died||March 31, 1891
|Place of burial||Myrtle Hill Cemetery|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1861–1865|
|Unit||Army of Northern Virginia|
|Commands held||Georgia 38th Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Augustus Wright was born in Wrightsboro, Georgia and attended public school in Appling. Wright attended the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the founding college of the University of Georgia in Athens where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society. Wright studied law at the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1835—becoming a practicing attorney in Crawfordville, Georgia, the same year. From 1842 until 1849, Wright served as judge of the superior court of the Cherokee circuit and from 1855-57 as a judge of the superior court of Georgia.
In 1856, Augustus Wright was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served one term from 1857–59. He later served as a delegate to the Georgia Secession Convention and the Confederate Secession Convention.
President Abraham Lincoln offered Wright the position of provisional governor of Georgia but Wright declined. Wright subsequently served in the First Confederate Congress. Augustus Wright organized "Wright’s Legion" of Georgia volunteers and served as a colonel in the Georgia 38th Infantry Regiment for the Confederate States Army in the Army of Northern Virginia.
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- Confederate States of America, causes of secession, "Died of states' rights"
- List of signers of the Georgia Ordinance of Secession
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John H. Lumpkin
|U.S. Representative of Georgia's 5th Congressional District
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
John W. H. Underwood