Joseph M. Wright

JOSEPH M. WRIGHT, a prominent man and successful dentist of Elkton, Tenn., was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., November 4, 1839, and is the fifth of a family of six children, and received his education in the common schools of his native county. His early days were spent in farming, and in 1867 he began the study of dentistry with G. A. Dewey, of Glasgow, Ky., and two years later began practicing. In 1870 he removed to Mississippi, and after a three years residence in that State lived a short time in Giles County, Tenn., and then moved to Texas, where he resided until 1878. At that date he returned to Giles County, where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession, and has met with good success financially and professionally. In 1874 he was married to Elmira N. Benson, daughter of Benjamin and Adaline Benson, and to them was born one child. Mrs. Wright died in 1881, and in 1884 Mr. Wright married Susan A. Graves. Both are church members, and our subject is a Democrat. His parents, Jacob R. and Mary Wright, were Tennesseeans, and were married about 1830. Their children are Laminda, Minerva, Martha J., John D., Joseph M. and Jacob A. The father died in 1886 and the mother in 1844.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County