Biography of William F. Wright

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Wright, William F., Buffalo, has displayed in the management of private business affairs the characteristics and qualities of a successful financier. He was born in the Keystone State (Pennsylvania) July 20, 1854, and was educated in the public schools and at Washington and Jefferson College, which he left some three months before graduating to accept a position in a bank in the village of Washington, Pa., as cashier, which he held three years, during which time he spent all his leisure hours studying law. He was admitted to the bar in January, 1877, and for ten years was engaged in the active practice of his profession. In 1888 he removed to Buffalo to accept the New York State agency of the Union Central Life Insurance Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio, which he has since held. During the ten years of his service in this capacity the company's affairs have progressed exceedingly, and there is no doubt that the important duties assigned to Mr. Wright have been most faithfully and efficiently performed and the success of the business in this State must be ascribed in large measure to him. When he became their State agent the Union Central Life Insurance Company had only about $155,000 of insurance in force in his department; by January 1, 1897, it had increased under his able management to nearly $2,500,000, while the company's assets at that time were nearly S17;000,000, net surplus $2,000,000, insurance in force $95,000,000. In 1896 alone the company wrote over $30,000,000. These figures demonstrate clearly the success of the company in which Mr. Wright has been an important factor since he became its New York State manager. Mr. Wright is a member and former president of the Life Underwriters Association of Western New York, and has served as chairman of its executive committee. He was formerly a member of the Buffalo Republican League, is a member of the official board of the Delaware Avenue M. E. church, and Washington Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M. of Buffalo, and of Keystone Chapter, R. A. M., of Washington, Pa. May 10, 1876, he married Laura L. Brown of Washington, Iowa, and they have four daughters: Mary, Edith, Brooke and Catherine.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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