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Source: "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography," under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1915, Vol. V, pg 890. Transcribed by Lisa Slaski, donated to Orange County, FLGenWeb, part of the USGenWeb in 2010.

Abram Cecil Wright, D. D. S. The course by which this branch of the family of Wright has arrived at Virginia residence almost completes a gigantic triangle upon the map of the United States, a figure beginning in New York, extending westward to Iowa, southeastward to Florida, and then northward to Virginia, the present home and scene of the professional practice of Dr. Abram Cecil Wright, D. D. S.

Dr. Wright is a son of George Henry Wright, a native of New York state, born in Troy, November 3, 1829. George Henry Wright was a son of Allen M. and Abigail (Valentine) Wright, and in young manhood became a sailor and pilot, many of his voyages being made on the Great Lakes. In 1859 he settled in Wisconsin, and one year later made his home in Des Moines, Iowa, remaining in that state until 1887 and gaining business success and public prominence. He controlled a profitable agency for agricultural implements, his business field a splendid one. and in 1868 became internal revenue assessor of a county in Iowa, and two years later, in 1870, elected to the lower house of the Iowa legislature. In 1887 the family home was changed to Orlando, Florida. George Henry Wright was a man of marked ability, courage and strength of character, and during a long lifetime held the unswerving respect and kindly regard of his associates. He married, October 24, 1854, Sarah Smith, of Penfield, New York, and had issue: Lillie Elizabeth, married (first) George Robinson, deceased, and survives him, a resident of Orlando, Florida; married (second) P. F. Laubach; Charles H., deceased; George Walton, deceased; Sarah Antoinette, deceased ; Frederick B., a resident of Titusville, Florida; Nellie Maud, unmarried, rehides in Atlanta, Georgia; Dr. Abram Cecil, of whom further.

Dr. Abram Cecil Wright, son of George Henry and Sarah (Smith) Wright, was born in Sioux city, Iowa, October 14, 1879, and when eight years of age accompanied his parents to Orlando, Florida, where he lived until he was twenty years of age. As a youth he attended the public schools of that place, in 1899 coming to Richmond, Virginia, in that city entering the Virginia School of Dentistry. Graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1904, he began active practice in Surry county, Virginia, four years afterward returning to Richmond, where he has since practiced. For the past four years his office has been located at No. 2705 East Broad street, and a rapidly growing clientele has made his profession demand his entire time. Expert workmanship and high professional standing explain the popularity he has attained in Richmond, and he is favorably regarded in all dental circles. Dr. Wright is a member of lodge and chapter in the Masonic order, and is otherwise active in fraternal societies as a member of the Modern Woodmen of the World and of the Knights of Pythias. His church is St. John's Protestant Episcopal.

Dr. Wright married, at Claremont, Virginia, January 1, 1907, Mary E. S., born in Vienna, Wisconsin, daughter of Martin and Mary S. L. Kendall, both of her parents deceased. Dr. and Mrs. Wright are the parents of one son, William Walton, born July 24, 1908.