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BIOGRAPHY: Captain Daniel Wright born September 27, 1759 – Revolutionary War

This biography is included in the Books Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume II and First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I




(September 27, 1759- 1838)

Lawrence County, Alabama

Daniel W. Wright (b. ca. 1796) was the first County Clerk. His father Capt. Daniel Wright settled in Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama, at an early day and kept a boarding house. His son, Daniel Wright, studied and obtained the office of clerk and became favorably known to the people.

His father, Capt. Daniel Wright was born September 27, 1759, Fauguier Co., Virginia to John Wright, a Revolutionary War soldier who enlisted as a soldier in Smith’s Co., 4th NC. Regiment and Ann Williams. “While serving in the war took a violent cold that settled on his lungs and eventually caused his death on October 30, 1789, his birthday.

Capt. Daniel Wright married Nancy Ann Young on Jan 24, 1782. She was born July 7, 1762- d. Jan 24, 1833 in Madison County, Alabama.

On March 2, 1819 “an act to enable the people of Alabama Territory to form a Constitution and state government, and for the admission of such state into the union on an equal footing with the original states” was passed by Congress and the election of delegates to the Convention was held in May, 1819, authorizing them to meet in Huntsville until suitable buildings could be built at Cahaba. Huntsville was regarded as the state’s temporary capital on July 5.

The people in the Territory realized this convention was of major importance-the formation of a State Constitution and government was at stake-and they selected the delegates with much care. The most intellectural leaders in the Territory were on this committee.

Arthur F. Hopkins and Daniel Wright, both from Lawrence County affixed their signatures to this Constitution. There were twenty-two counties at that time and the first legislature created thirteen additional ones. The Constitution recognized Negro slavery, and granted the privilege of voting to white men twenty-one years old and upward. Capt. Daniel Wright died May 24, 1838 in Madison County, Alabama.

In 1819, Daniel W. Wright was elected, along with Arthur F. Hopkins, as a delegate from Lawrence County to the Constitutional Convention.

Shortly afterward, Daniel W. Wright moved to Mississippi and was elected judge of the Circuit Court. He was present at the Constitutional Convention convened at the capitol in the city of Jackson, Missisippi on the 10th day of September, 1832 representing the counties of Monroe, Lowndes and Rankin.


1.Early Settlers of Alabama” written 1899 by Col. James Edmonds Saunders and published in New Orleans.


This biography is included in the Books Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume II and First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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