David C. Wright
Biographical Sketches from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted by: Vera Burnham September 9, 2002
David C. Wright was born August 12, 1843, in Hopkins County, this State, and is a son of David and Ellen (West) Wright, natives of North and South Carolina, respectively. The father was a blacksmith by trade as was also his father, George Wright, a Revolutionary soldier, with whom he removed to this State, locating in Hopkins County at an early date. He worked at his trade through life in connection with his farm interests; his death occurred in 1870; his wife having departed this life in 1864. They were parents of ten children. Our subject was reared on a farm in his native county and obtained what education the common schools and a course of home study could give. At the breaking out of the late war, and while yet only eighteen years of age he enlisted in Company K, Eighth Kentucky infantry. which was subsequently attached to Morgan's command, and participated in the famous Indiana and Ohio raids. At Pomeroy, on the Ohio River, he was made prisioner and taken to Camp Chase, where he was retained two months; then removed to Camp Douglas, where he was held for sixteen months; he was then paroled and subsequently exchanged. At the close of the war, he returned to Hopkins County and engaged in farming but removed a year later to McCracken County and continued the same vocation. After the death of his father-in-law in 1874, Mr. Wright purchased the place from the heirs; it now consists of 180 acres, on which he has many improvements. In 1883, having served several months as deputy sheriff, Mr. Wright was nominated and elected sheriff of the county by a majority of 900 votes, but circumstances prevented his taking the office. Mr. Wright is one of the county's most respected and enterprising citizens. He was united in marriage July 20, 1868, to Miss Sallie J. Bryan, of this county. They have one child, Louie O.