Orlando Williams Wight

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Orlando Williams Wight

Orlando Williams Wight (February 19, 1824 – October 19, 1888)[1] was an American physician and translator.


Wight was born in Centreville, N. Y. He was educated at the Rochestern College Institute, was ordained as a Universalist clergyman and accepted a call to Newark, New Jersey (1850). Three years later he left the church to engage in literary work. In 1865 he graduated in medicine at the Long Island College Hospital; in 1874 was appointed State geologist and Surgeon General of Wisconsin, and afterward served as health commissioner of Milwaukee (1878–1880) and of Detroit.

Selected publications[edit]

  • History of Modern Philosophy (translated with F. W. Ricord from the French of Victor Cousin, 1852)
  • Life of Abélard and Héloise (1853 and 1861)
  • Standard French Classics (fourteen volumes, 1858–1860)
  • Pascal's Thoughts (1859)
  • The Household Library (18 volumes, 1859 et seq.)
  • six volumes of translations from Balzac (1860)
  • Henry Martin's History of France (with Mary L. Booth, 1863)
  • A Winding Journey Around the World (1888)


  1. ^ Barton Levi St. Armand (27 June 1986). Emily Dickinson And Her Culture: The Soul's Society. CUP Archive. pp. 328–. ISBN 978-0-521-33978-0. Retrieved 25 April 2012.