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Ashley Bascom WRIGHT

(1841-1897)

WRIGHT, Ashley Bascom, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Hinsdale, Berkshire County, Mass., May 25, 1841; attended the public schools and Lincoln Academy at Hinsdale; moved to North Adams, Mass., in 1861; appointed chief deputy collector of internal revenue for the tenth district of Massachusetts in 1861; resigned in 1865 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; elected selectman; commissioner for the county of Berkshire 1884-1887 and chairman for one year; member of the State executive council in 1890 and 1891; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1893, until his death in North Adams, Berkshire County, Mass., August 14, 1897; chairman, Committee on Mileage (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses); interment in Hinsdale Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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