The founder of Wrightstown (later Hull) and the man who initiated the Ottawa Valley timber trade, Wright came to Canada in 1800 as the leader of a small group from Massachusetts who settled at the present site of Hull. He intended to develop a community of independent farmers, but lack of income forced him into the timber trade in 1806 in order to provide cash for the settlement and a winter occupation. That year, he floated the first raft of square timber from Ottawa to Quebec City. The growth of the trade ensured Wright continued predominance in the social, economic and political life of Hull.