Description: George Anderson Wright was born on August 9, 1845, the son of William and Jennie Winn Wright. His middle name was derived from Kenneth A. Anderson, the Vice President of the Texas Republic, for whom Anderson County was named. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in Company A of the 2nd Texas Cavalry in 1863 and served with his command on the Rio Grande border till close of the war. He married Mamie Swanson, a daughter of Col. H.C. Swanson and two children were born to them. In the early days after the war, he led the picturesque life of a river pilot, traveling up and down the Trinity River on a flat cotton boat. He would buy cotton at points along the Trinity and then ship it to Galveston or Anahuac. For a time he traveled for a Galveston Commission House, but when he had sufficient funds, he opened a commission house and mercantile establishment of his own at Hall’s Bluff in Houston County. He succeeded satisfactorily until the second year, when he had the misfortune to lose his business by fire. Afterward, he returned to his home-place to recuperate his finance and soon he was able to get ...
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