1858 - 1940 (82 years)
Has 65 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.
||Albert Jay Wright |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||10 Jan 2006 |
- At eight Albert came with his parents to Buffalo where he attended P.S. 14 and Horace Briggs' Academy. He majored in science at Wesleyan, where he suffered an injury in a baseball game which cost him his sight.
Returning to Buffalo in 1878, having married Gertrude Bent of Middletown, Connecticut, he went to work at his father's grain handling firm, Preston & Wright, which became P. Wright & Son two years later. In 1884 at twenty-six Albert was elected president of the Merchants' Exchange.
Though blind, he was regarded as the dean of Buffalo stockbrokers. He was for years the only Buffalonian member of the New York Stock Exchange. As a result, his firm had the largest clientele of any brokerage house in Buffalo. It also had branches in Rochester, Syracuse, Niagara Falls, Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Toronto.
He was a world traveler, an art enthusiast, and authority on matters monetary, which led him to publish in 1933 a novel entitled Red Demon, actually a treatise on the gold standard.
In 1905 Wright, Gertrude, and their fifteen year old daughter enjoyed the services of an ethnically diverse staff of servants, two Japanese, two Irish girls, a Canadian girl, and a forty-year old French woman. In the stables lived two English coachmen with their families.
Albert Wright was an incorporator of the Country Club of Buffalo in 1889 and belonged to the Buffalo, Ellicott, and Yacht clubs of Buffalo and the Chicago Club.
In 1931 Wright, by then over seventy and a widower, his wife having died in 1925, married in London Tatina Moslova, a young woman in her early thirties whose aristocratic family had fled Russia during the Revolution. The dramatis personae included the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Earl of Albemarle, and the youthful and beautiful Princess Marie-Helene of Reuss. The wedding party then headed across town to a Russian church where an Orthodox ceremony was performed by Archbishop Seraphim of Paris, brought over for the occasion, before a second cast of supporting actors.
Wright died in 1940 at eighty-one at his summer home at Cazenovia.