My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

* * * *

William T. Wright, presiding judge of the county court of Pulaski County, Mo., and editor and publisher of the Pulaski County Democrat, of Waynesville, was born in Mercer County, Mo., in 1849, and is a son of David T. and Catherine E. (McEffee) Wright. William T. is the third born, and attended the common schools until the age of twelve years, when he entered the printing office of his father. In 1869 he became a member of the Pioneer Printing Company at Chillicothe, Mo., and was one of the publishers of the Christian Pioneer and the Chillicothe Constitution. In 1873 he was elected collector of Chillicothe Township, and the following year went to Milan, in Sullivan County, Mo., where he engaged in the grocery business. He continued in this business for nearly two years, and in February, 1876, he established the Brookfield Chronicle, at Brookfield, Mo., and in the spring of 1877 came to Lebanon, where he was employed on the Rustic and Journal. In the fall of 1879 he came to Waynesville and bought the Pulaski Tribune, and continued its publication until the summer of 1880. From 1880 until the spring of 1888 he was engaged in farming, at which time he became editor and proprietor of the Pulaski County Democrat. In November, 1887, he was married to Mary J. Strong, only daughter of Henderson Strong. Mrs. Wright was born in Pulaski County in 1858, and is the mother of one child, Frank. Mr. Wright is a stanch Democrat, and in 1884 was elected associate judge of the county court, and two years later was elected presiding judge of the same. He was also clerk of the city of Richland for several years, and is a Select Knight, a member of the A. O. U. W. and A. F. & A. M. lodges at Richland.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

To view additional Pulaski County, Missouri family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.