James Wright came to Texas with his wife, Permilia, in 1832 and took the oath of allegiance to the Mexican government on April 29, 1834. He represented Victoria in the Convention of 1833. He served in the Texas army from May 18 to November 18, 1836. Wright represented Victoria County in the House of the Fourth and Fifth congresses of the republic, 1839–41. He served as an alderman in Victoria in 1842 and was made a notary public on July 27, 1846. A James Wright also was listed as owning the Victoria Hotel at this time. Wright was not enrolled in the 1850 census, and nothing is known of his death.