Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Silas Wright (17951847)
The office should seek the man, not man the office.
Attributed to SILAS WRIGHT.Edward Parsons Day, Days Collacon, p. 684 (1884). Unverified.
According to biographies, this is in character. Wright was a nineteenth century representative and senator from New York, and served as governor of New York. In 1844, he declined a Supreme Court appointment, refused to be considered for the presidential nomination and declined, when nominated, to be a candidate for the vice presidency.Dictionary of American Biography, vol. 10, part 2, p. 556.