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Philemon WRIGHT

American Philemon WRIGHT

American farmer, lumberman and entrepreneur who founded the first permanent settlement in the National Capital Region of Canada

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 02, 1760 in Woburn, Massachusetts, United States
Died: on June 03, 1839 in Quebec, Canada


Biography

Philemon Wright was a farmer, lumberman and entrepreneur who founded what he named Columbia Falls Village, mostly known as Wright's Town and Wrightsville to others, the first permanent settlement in the National Capital Region of Canada. Wright's Town, later became incorporated in 1875 and renamed Hull, Quebec, and then in 2002, as a result of a municipal amalgamation, it acquired its present name of the City of Gatineau.

Wright was born in Woburn, Massachusetts into the family of Thomas Wright and Elizabeth Chandler, a large and prosperous Woburn family that had been among the town's founders, 120 years before. Philemon Wright was raised as a farmer. At the young age of 16, he was thrust into service for two years with the rebel forces in the first years of the American Revolution, leaving service as a sergeant. He fought in several battles including the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Nicknamed "Squire" by his employees and friends, Wright was once described by John Mactaggart as "about six feet high, a tight man, with a wonderfully strange, quick reflective wild eye”.

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