Manuscript Group 275, Samuel Gardiner Wright (1781-1845), Farmer Records, 1830-1843
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Manuscript Group 275, Samuel
Gardiner Wright (1781-1845), Farmer
Records, 1830-1843, 0.2 linear feet /
Call Number: MG 275
Processed by Luis Delfino in October 2002 as part of the “Farm
to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission.
Pertains to Durham cattle purchased
from Dr. William Elmer’s (1788-1836) stock near Bridgeton in Cumberland County,
New Jersey, as well as to Wright’s sale of cattle. The volume also
includes records of Reverend Charles Stewart’s estate from 1823-1824.
Acquired in 1956.
Samuel Gardiner Wright was a farmer and businessman
born on November 18, 1781 in Wrightstown (Monmouth County), New Jersey.
Mainly self-educated, he was primarily a merchant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
but also owned a farm near Imlaystown (Monmouth County), New Jersey and several
iron furnaces in New Jersey and Delaware. Wright was elected as a Whig to
the Twenty-ninth Congress and served from March 4, 1845, until his death on July
30, 1845. His death, however, occurred before Congress met for that year,
and he was never able to take his seat in the House of Representatives. He
is interred in the East Branch Cemetery near Imlaystown, New Jersey.
Biographical Directory of the American Congress.
The New Jersey Historical Society acquired this
volume in 1957.
The volume contains the breeding records of Durham
cattle raised between 1830-1843 at Samuel Gardiner Wrights farm near
Imlaystown, New Jersey. Some of the livestock were purchased at auction in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and from Dr. William Elmer (1788-1836) of Cumberland
County, New Jersey. This volume was also briefly used to record the
finances of the estate of Reverend Charles Stewart from 1823-1824.
Manuscript Group 648, William Elmer (fl.
1791-1889), Physician, Records: This William Elmer is the son of Dr. William