Dr. J. Robert Wright is one of the younger members of the medical profession at Knoxville but already his ability
is gaining him gratifying recognition in a growing practice. This is his native city, his birth having occurred
in Knoxville, December 5, 1884, his parents being Dr. W. E. and Melcina M. (Woodruff) Wright, the former a native
of Indiana and the latter of Ohio. The paternal grandfather, Peter Wright, was one of the pioneer settlers of this
county, and Dr. W. E. Wright, brought to Iowa in his early boyhood, pursued his education in the public schools
of Marion county He afterward prepared for medical practice by a course in the Keokuk Medical College and then
opened an office in Knoxville, where he remained in continuous practice to the time of his death, which occurred
June 19, 1901. His widow survives and is one of the highly esteemed residents of Knoxville, where she has a warm
circle of friends. Dr. Wright was a member of the Masonic fraternity. In their family were eight children, of whom
two died in infancy, the others being: Willa, the wife of George T. Underhill, a resident of Knoxville; Jessie,
the wife of W. S. Bilby, who makes his home in Nebraska; Ed F., living in Cedar Rapids; Kate, the wife of James
Wilcox, whose home is in Missoula, Montana; Jacqueline, at home; and J. Robert.
At the usual age the last named began his education in the public schools of Knoxville, passing through consecutive
grades until graduated from the high school. He later pursued his more specifically literary course in the Iowa
State University, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree. He then spent three years in the
study of medicine at Iowa City and later entered the medical department of the University of Louisville in Kentucky,
from which he was graduated in 1913. He then returned to Knoxville and has since engaged in general practice.
Dr. Wright is a member of the Marion County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical
Association. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias and politically is a democrat with independent
tendencies. He is well known in the city in which his entire life has been passed and the place which he has already
won as a medical practitioner makes his record in contradistinction to the old adage that a prophet is never without
honor save in his own country.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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