Robert William Wright (1816-1885) was an American lawyer and author, born in Ludlow, Vermont. He graduated from Harvard in 1842 and became a school teacher in Boston. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845. He practised in Wisconsin until 1856, where he declined the Whig nomination for congress. He then practised in Waterbury, Connecticut, edited the Waterbury Journal and served for one year as judge of probate. He was editor of the Hartford Daily Post (1858), the New Haven Daily News (1859) and later the Richmond, Virginia, State Journal. His works include: The Church Knaviad; or, Horace in West Haven (1864), The Vision of Judgment; or, The South Church (1867), The Pious Chi-Neh; or, A Veritable History of the Great Election Fraud (1872), Opera Omnia (1874), The Poetry and Poets of Connecticut (1877) and Life: Its True Genesis (1880).