PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Phillip Van Renselaer, George F., and William Wallace Wright

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Collection Dr. Willard H. Titus
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Description Gelatin print copy of an earlier ambrotype or tintype of Phillip, George and William Wright.

Year Range from 1855
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1865
Medium Photographic Emulsion/Photographic Paper
Neg # 21553
Notes Copy print of an earlier tintype or ambrotype depicting three brothers and early Oshkosh pioneers; (from left to right) Phillp Van Renselaer Wright, George Frederick Wright, and William Wallace Wright. They are wearing dark frock coats, white shirts and ties. George holds a beaver skin hat with leather bill in his lap and a shawl over his shoulders.{Philip Van Renselaer Wright was born circa 1817 in Manlius, New York. His parents were George and Electa Whitney Wright. He came with his father and brother William to Winnebago County in 1838. In circa 1849 he married henrietta Coffin in oshkosh. They had at least two daughters that survived. Philip built the Weber Block on main Street, where he operated a grocery store and feed market. he retired to Ventura, California circa 1877 and died there circa 1897.{George Wright was born November 23, 1807 in Manlius, New York. His Father George Wright was the third settler in Oshkosh. George F. went to Cleveland, OH and Fort Wayne, Indiana where he owned a store. He married Laura Louise Parsons on April 28, 1839. The couple had nine children, five of whom reached adulthood. In 1842 he came to Oshkosh and bought a farm which is now the center of the city. He built a log cabin on the site and later a large Greek Revival house. Wright was the father-in-law of Dr. Willard H. Titus. He was financially ruined in 1856 when the Winnebago Railroad failed. He retired to a farm near Stony beach and traded furs until his death on January 6, 1869.{William W. Wright, son of George and Electa Whitney Wright, was born July 7, 1819 in New York. He moved, along with his father, to Wisconsin in 1836 and settled in present-day Oshkosh. He operated a country grocery store for some time, but became more and more involved in real estate and insurance ventures. He married Mary Elizabeth Evans on July 23, 1843 in Oshkosh; the couple had nine children. William W. Wright was very active in the development of the city of Oshkosh; he was called the "Father of Oshkosh" in early accounts. He served as city and county treasurer and was elected an alderperson. He died on March 24, 1903.
Object ID P2000.20.91
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Wright, Phillip Van Rensselear
Wright, George Fredrick
Wright, William Wallace
Print size 4" x 6"
Subjects Victorian
Male
Portrait photographs
Pioneers
Title Phillip Van Renselaer, George F., and William Wallace Wright
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