Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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James 0. Wright

JAMES O. WRIGHT, a highly successful farmer living in the north half of the northeast quarter of section 16, North township, Labette county, Kansas, is a native of Burlington, Iowa, and, was born in 1856. He is a son of James and Elizabeth (Garrett) Wright. James Wright was born in Indiana, and his wife was born in Iowa. They were the parents of the following children, namely: Anna; Robert; James, the subject of this sketch; and George.

James 0. Wright, whose name appears at the opening of these lines, was reared and schooled in his native state. In 1866 he went with his father, and the rest of the family, to Missouri, from which place they later moved to Linn county, Kansas. After living there, two years Mr. Wright moved to Neosho county, Kansas, and in the fall of 1881 he went to the Indian Territory, where he taught the Levering Baptist Mission school for ten years, in a town called Wetumka. In 1891 he returned to Kansas, and located in Labette county. He bought the north half of the northeast quarter of section 16, where he has successfully farmed ever since. He built his present home, which is a modern, substantial house, and his farm is kept in excellent condition.

Mr. Wright married Betty Keefer, of Missouri, in 1888. They have three children, Carl, aged ten years; Florence, aged eight years; and Alice, six years of age. Mr. Wright is a man of strong character, and of honest and upright principles. He is a member of the Populist party. He takes an active interest in the affairs of his township, and served as clerk of North township for three years. He has also served as township trustee for four years.