Henry W. Wright

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Henry W. Wright
Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
In office
1921–1933
Succeeded byRoger W. Jessup
40th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
January 6, 1919 – 1921
Preceded byC. C. Young
Succeeded byFrank Merriam
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
1915–1921
Personal details
Born(1868-03-04)March 4, 1868
Chickasaw County, Iowa, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 1948(1948-08-19) (aged 80)
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Other political
affiliations
Progressive
Spouse(s)Nellie Blanche Wright
Children3
EducationIowa State College
Omaha Commercial College

Henry W. Wright (March 4, 1868 – August 19, 1948) was an American politician who served in the California State Assembly and Speaker of the Assembly.

Early life and education[edit]

On March 4, 1868 Henry W. Wright was born near Ionia, Iowa in Chickasaw County, Iowa to Methodists.[1] He graduated from Iowa State College and Omaha Commercial College.

Career[edit]

Wright held a minor office in Minnesota until he moved to California in 1905.[2]

During the 1912 presidential election he joined Thedore Roosevelt's Progressive Party and was elected to the state assembly in 1914. From 1915 to 1921 he served in the California State Assembly and on was selected as Speaker of the California State Assembly by acclamation on January 6, 1919.[3] When the United States entered World War I he was appointed to a district draft board.[4] He was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1921 and served until he was defeated by Roger W. Jessup in 1932.[5][6]

On March 30, 1926 he announced that he would run for the Republican nomination in the ninth congressional district for the 1926 election, but came in last with 10.19% of the vote behind William E. Evans, Charles Hiram Randall, and Harold B. Landreth.[7][8]

On August 18, 1948 Wright died at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California.

Electoral history[edit]

Henry W. Wright electoral history
1916 Sixty Ninth Assembly District election[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry W. Wright 9,364 55.64%
Independent Alexander A. Weber 4,135 24.57%
Prohibition Alice P. Woertendyke 3,330 19.79%
Total votes 16,829 100%
1926 California Ninth Congressional District Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William E. Evans 29,795 35.13%
Republican Charles Hiram Randall 25,164 29.67%
Republican Harold B. Landreth 21,203 25.00%
Republican Henry W. Wright 8,642 10.19%
Total votes 84,804 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ex-Assembly Speaker Henry W. Wright Dies". The Los Angeles Times. 20 August 1948. p. 17. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Supervisor Announces Candidacy". The Los Angeles Times. 31 March 1926. p. 21. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Henry Wright Speaker Of Assembly". Los Angeles Evening Express. 6 January 1919. p. 3. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Reasons For Wright". The Signal. 16 August 1928. p. 1. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Join California.com.-Henry W. Wright
  6. ^ "Jessup Takes Office Oath". Monrovia News-Post. 13 July 1948. p. 5. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "CA District 9 - R Primary". 23 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Supervisor Wright Submits Name For Congress Campaign". Monrovia News-Post. 18 June 1926. p. 2. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Ambrose Wins". Los Angeles Evening Express. 22 November 1916. p. 1. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.