George Frederick Wright -- By: Anonymous
BSac 78:311 (July 1921) p. 251
George Frederick Wright
He was born January 22, 1838, and hence died in his eighty-fourth year. His birthplace was the little village of Whitehall, New York, at the head of Lake Champlain. His early education was in country schools and a neighboring academy. He came to Oberlin in 1855, graduating
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from the College in 1859, and from the Theological Seminary in 1862. Brown University later gave him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, and Drury College that of Doctor of Laws.
At the outbreak of the Civil War he was one of the first to enlist in Company C, the first Oberlin Company to be formed, and entered the service of the army, but ion account of severe illness due to long exposure, was given sick-leave furlough after five months.
His first pastorate, often years, was in a country parish at Bakersfield, Vermont, where he laid the foundations for his steady growth by sacredly devoting his mornings to study. His second pastorate, also of nearly ten years, was at the Free Church at Andover, Massachusetts, where he continued with great success his glacial studies.
He was assistant in the Pennsylvania Geological Survey of 1881–82, and in the United States Survey of 1884–02.
He was Corresponding Member from the Alumni on the Board of Trustees of the College for three years (1870...
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