JOSEPH F. WRIGHT, the subject of this sketch was born in Williamsburg, Clermont county, Ohio, April 22, 1821.
His father was born in the north of Ireland. His maternal ancestry were German. In 1824 his parents removed to
Mt. Pleasant, Hamilton county, where he now resides. At the age of sixteen he began life as a teacher, in which
occupation he continued until the autumn of 1846. He has ever been an active friend of the common schools and the
cause of liberal education. He is now the President of the Board of Trustees of the Farmers' College, and also
a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College of Ohio, from the Second Congressional
District, to which place he was appointed by Governor Hayes.
In politics, he is a Democrat; in religion, a protestant, and a member of the Christian Church.
He was twice elected a member of the House of Representatives, and served in the sessions of 1858, 1859, 1860 and
1861. In the memorable session of 1861 he was among the first to support the initial war measure of the session;
and was classed as a War Democrat.
Governor Dennison appointed him on the Military Committee of Hamilton county, which place he occupied during the
existence of that Committee.
Mr. Wright was married May 8, 1851, to Miss Mary Gano.
He left off teaching in 1846 to become a merchant, and continued in that occupation till within the last four or
five years, during which time he has been engaged in the insurance business. In the year 1869, he became connected
with the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, of Newark, New Jersey, and, until the beginning of the present
year, was acting as Assistant State Agent for that Company, which ranks as one of the oldest and best in the country.
In October, 1871, he was elected State Senator from Hamilton county, and is now serving his third legislative term.
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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