New York Marble Cemetery
For many years, major canal enterprises in the eastern United States and Canada demanded his attention and when railways were first undertaken, Wright and his younger collegues were among the first to engage in their design and construction. He was, for example, the first Chief Engineer of the Erie Railroad
After several decades of energetic professional activities, Wright went into semi-retirement in New York City where he died at 71. Five of his sons pursued his much-beloved profession. A few years before he died, Wright chaired the first committee that sought to establish an American Society of Civil Engineers
Most of his family had stayed in Oneida County, but his wife, Philomela Waterman, three of their eight children, and six grandchildren are with him in Vault no. 83 of the New York Marble Cemetery.