Esmond Wright

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Esmond Wright (5 November 1915, Newcastle upon Tyne – 9 August 2003, Masham, North Yorkshire[1]) was an English historian of the United States, Director of the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London from 1971 to 1983, a television personality, author, and a Conservative politician.

Wright had a grammar school education in Newcastle upon Tyne, before winning an open scholarship to Durham University and, in 1938, a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship to the University of Virginia.[2] He was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 1988. In a 1967 by-election, he was returned as a Conservative Member of Parliament for the previously Labour-held seat of Glasgow Pollok.[3] He was defeated by Labour's James White in the 1970 General Election.


Wright's publications include

  • Fabric of Freedom, 1763-1800, Hill and Wang, New York 1961.
  • History of the World. The Last Five Hundred Years, editor, Bonaza Books, New York 1981.
  • The Fire of Liberty, editor, The Folio Society, London 1983.
  • Franklin of Philadelphia, Harvard University Press, 1986.


  1. ^ Jim Potter & Tam Dalyell Obituary: Esmond Wright, The Independent, 25 August 2003
  2. ^ Obituary: Esmond Wright, Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2003
  3. ^ Peter J. Parish & Brian Wilson Obituary: Esmond Wright, The Guardian, 19 August 2003

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alex Garrow
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Pollok
Succeeded by
James White