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Caleb Earl Wright

(1810- )
Pennsylvania

"Hon. Caleb Earl Wright was born in Old Shawnese, Plymouth, Luzerne county, Pa., February 4th, 1810, and was educated in the 'old Academy,' in that town, and the Classical Academy in Wilkes-Barre. After having studied law in Wilke-Barre and been admitted to the bar in 1833, he removed to Doylestown, Bucks county, Pa., where he entered upon the active practice of his chosen profession . . . . He there married and after some years, about 1853, returned to Luzerne county and engaged in the practice of his profession . . . . He there became counsel of the County Commissioners of Luzerne county, Collector of U.S. Internal Revenue and delegate to the constitutional convention of Pennsylvania. In the meantime, he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and was made a local preacher of that denomination. He returned to Bucks county in 1876. During his 'hours of idleness' Mr. Wright wrote much for the edification of his friends, as well as to pass the tedious hours away, chiefly on local topics." [The Magazine of Poetry: A Quarterly Review 291-292 (Buffalo, New York: Charles Wells Moulton, 1894)(vol. 6)][Wright also served as district attorney of Bucks county. See Geo. B. Kulp, Families of the Wyoming Valley: Biographical, Genealogical, and Historical. Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania 1329-1332(Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvnia, 1890)(3 vols.)(vol. 3). In Kulp's Families of the Wyoming Valley, Wright's date of birth is given as January 24, 1815. OCLC uses the 1810 date, as we adopt here.)

Poetry

Caleb Earl Wright, Sidney Lear: A Metrical Romance (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Robert Baur, 1889)

______________, Frances Slocum; the Lost Sister. A Poem (Wilkes-Barre: Robert Baur & Son, 1889)

Writings

Caleb Earl Wright, Wyoming: A Tale (New York: Harper, 1845)(New York: Harper & Bros., 1870) [online text]

______________, Marcus Blair: A Story of Provincial Times (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1873) [online text]

______________, Two Years Behind the Plough, or, The Experience of a Pennsylvania Farmboy (Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1878) [online text]

______________, On the Lackawanna: A Tale of Northern Pennsylvania (Doylestown, Pennsylvania: McGinty, printer, 1886)

______________, Rachel Craig: A Novel, Connected with the Valley of Wyoming (Wilkes-Barre: Robert Baur & Son, 1888) [online text]