Philemon Wright was instrumental in the development of what would become the City of Hull in 1875. He was born in 1760 in the United States, into a farming family. In 1800, taking advantage of the opening of North America to American settlement, Wright set out for Hull Township with a few families and workers. His goal was to establish a self-sufficient agricultural colony. The group began building a village near Chaudière Falls, a village that later became known as Wright’s Town.
A true businessman, Wright quickly recognized the potential of the region’s forest industry. In 1806, he was the first to bring a raft of square timber to Quebec City to sell his cargo. In 1814, with his sons, he founded Philemon Wright and Sons to expand his business. He died in 1839.
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