Weybridge Cemetery: Silas Wright is Buried Here!

According to the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, the actual name of this cemetery is the West Hill Cemetery. First used in 1803, there are 750 graves.

The cemetery is sandwiched between Weybridge Road (Route 23) and Quaker Village Road. The entrance is where those two roads converge. From there, it V’s back where the area widens.

“Silas Wright Jr. (May 24, 1795 – August 27, 1847) was an American attorney and Democratic politician. A member of the Albany Regency, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, New York State Comptroller, United States Senator, and Governor of New York.

Born in Amherst, Massachusetts and raised in Weybridge, Vermont, Wright graduated from Middlebury College in 1815, studied law, attained admission to the bar, and began a practice in Canton, New York. He soon began a career in politics and government, serving as St. Lawrence County’s surrogate judge, a member of the New York State Senate, and a brigadier general in the state militia.

Wright became a member of the Albany Regency, the coterie of friends and supporters of Martin Van Buren who led New York’s Democratic Party beginning in the 1820s. As his career progressed, he served in the United States House of Representatives (1827–1829), as State Comptroller (1829–1833), and U.S. Senator (1833–1844). In the Senate, Wright became chairman of the Finance Committee, a post he held from 1836 to 1841. In 1844, Van Buren lost the Democratic presidential nomination to James K. Polk; Polk supporters nominated Wright for vice president as a way to attract Van Buren’s support to the ticket, but Wright declined. Later that year he was elected governor, and he served one two-year term. Defeated for reelection in 1846, he retired to his home in Canton. He died in Canton in 1847, and was buried at Old Canton Cemetery.

Early Life:

Wright was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, one of nine children born to tanner and shoemaker Captain Silas Wright (1760–1843) and Eleanor (Goodale) Wright (1762–1846).[1] The family moved to Weybridge, Vermont in 1796, where they operated a farm on the banks of the Otter Creek.[2] The elder Silas Wright commanded a company of militia during the War of 1812 and took part in the Battle of Plattsburgh.[3] In addition, he was an early adherent of the Democratic-Republican Party, and served in local offices including member of the Vermont House of Representatives.[4] The younger Silas Wright was educated in the public schools of Addison County and at Middlebury Academy.[5]

Wright was an exceptional student, and received his teaching credentials when he was thirteen.[6] He taught school in Rutland and Addison Counties from 1808 to 1810 while preparing to attend college.[7] In 1811 he began attendance at Middlebury College.[8] Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1815,[5][9] Wright moved to Sandy Hill, New York to study law, first at the law firm headed by Henry C. Martindale, and then with the firm of Roger Skinner, with whom he a formed a close friendship that lasted until Skinner’s death.[10] Through Skinner, Wright became acquainted with Martin Van Buren and other members of the group known as the Albany Regency, which came to dominate the Democratic Party in New York.[11] Wright was admitted to the bar in 1819 and began to travel through upstate New York looking for a place to establish himself in a legal career.[12]

Start of Career:

Upon arriving in Canton, Wright met Medad Moody, a family friend from Weybridge who persuaded him to settle there.[13] Wright began a law practice and was soon involved in politics as a Democratic-Republican, and served in local offices including justice of the peace, overseer of roads, town clerk, and school inspector.[14][15] For several years he served as Canton’s postmaster.[16] He was surrogate of St. Lawrence County from 1821 to 1824.[17]…”-https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silas_Wright

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