Ohio History Journal

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General George B. Wright one of the oldest, most widely known

and highly esteemed citizens of Ohio, died at the residence of his daugh-

ter, Mrs. Frank C. Eaton, Columbus, Ohio, on September 11, 1903.

General Wright's life was one, save in

his last years, of incessant and intense

activity and most successful achievement.

His parents were of the best New Eng-

land stock, and emigrated from Massa-

chusetts to  Ohio in 1808.    Both his

grandfathers were soldiers in the Colo-

nial army during the war for American

Independence. His father was a soldier

in the war of 1812.    General Wright

therefore descended from an ancestry dis-

tinguished for patriotism and bravery.

He was the youngest member of a family

of five children, two sisters and three

brothers. He was born, and spent his

boyhood like so many Ohioans who have

attained honor and high position, upon

a farm. This one was located near Gran-

ville, Licking county, this state, and there

on December 11, 1815, George B. Wright first saw the light of day. Gen-

eral Wright was mainly a self-made man. From the time of his birth

until he was twenty-four years of age he lived at home, attending dis-

trict school during the winter months and working upon his father's

farm and in his tannery. From 1835 to 1839 he was accorded the priv-

ileges of an excellent private school and a village academy. In the latter

year he entered the freshman class of Western Reserve College, then

located at Hudson, Ohio, and now known as the Western Reserve Univer-

sity of Cleveland. At the end of the freshman year he left the college

at Hudson, and by reason of unusual proficiency in his studies he was

admitted to the senior class of Ohio University at Athens. Here he com-

pleted the academic course. Upon leaving college he became a student