Rev. John Wright (1836-)
Native of Wilmington, Delaware, pastor at Bay City, MI.
1904 bio. (Added Dec., 2008)
The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. XII (1904)
REV. JOHN WRIGHT.
Wright, John, clergyman, was born at Wilmington, Del., Nov. 20, 1836, son of John and Anna (Hendrickson) Wright. He was educated in the Hyatt Military Academy, Wilmington, and at Union College, where he was graduated in 1863. He studied theology at the Theological Seminary of Princeton, and the Union Theological Seminary, New York, and was graduated at the latter in 1866.
In 1869 he became rector of Trinity Church, Bay City, Mich., and in 1874 accepted a call to St. Matthew's Church, Boston, Mass. From this charge he went to his present parish, St. Paul's Church, St. Paul, Minn., in 1887 where he has labored with eminent ability and gratifying success for over sixteen years.
Wright has given special study to American bibliography and has collected a large library of rare Bibles and Prayer Books, running into nearly 7,000. The publications of Atkin, Saur, Hugh Gaine, Collins and other early American printers are represented. He is the author of “Early Bibles of America” (1892), “Early Prayer Books of American” (1896), editor and coauthor of “Prayers for Priest and People” (1898), “Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament for the Sick” (1903), “Historic Bibles of America” (1903), and “Some Notable Altars” (1904). He has lectured extensively and is recognized in America as a leading Egyptologist. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by Union College in 1890. He was married at New Brunswick, N. J., June 18, 1885, to Mary, daughter of Martin A. Howell.