Wright, George W. - Hon.

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 08:17

HON. GEORGE W. WRIGHT, superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphan School, was born in Worth Township, Mercer County, July 19, 1841. His parents, Thomas and Sarah (Fowler) Wright, were natives of England, and immigrated to America while single. The father died, a farmer, in Worth Township, in 1851, and his widow died in 1883. They were the parents of the following children: Mary, married William Trivett; Alexander, a resident of Venango County; G. W., Richard H., John S., a merchant at Hendersonville, and Thomas J., resides on the old homestead. The parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. George W. Wright was educated in the common schools, Mercer Academy and Thickson Academy, of Meadville, Penn. He began teaching at the age of sixteen years, by which he obtained the means to defray his expenses in the academies. He taught in Tennessee and Kentucky in 1859 and 1860, thus being in the South when John Brown made his famous raid at Harper’s Ferry. Re-enlisted in Company I, Tenth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and remained in service for two years. On his return from the war he engaged in the oil business at Petroleum Center, Venango County. He then helped to establish the Sandy Lake Car Manufacturing Company. While there he was appointed clerk to the county commissioners, and held that position until 1873, when he was elected county recorder. While in that office he was appointed superintendent of the Mercer Soldiers’ Orphan School. He was elected to the State Senate in 1876, and served one term. In 1877 he was appointed superintendent of the Mount Joy, Penn., Soldiers’ Orphan School, and in 1883 was chosen superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphan School at both McAllisterville and Chester Springs. He was married in 1864 to Rozetta M. Carroll, and are rearing Mamie McKnight, a niece of Mrs. Wright. They are Methodists, and he is a Republican.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 701

 
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