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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Lycurgis B. Wright

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


Dr. LYCURGIS B. WRIGHT. The subject of our sketch, L. B. Wright, was born in Highland county, Ohio, on the 25th of February, 1848. Thomas C. WRIGHT, his father, was born in the same county about the year 1823. He died in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1874. The father was for the most part of his life engaged in mercantile pursuits. He married Sarah J. HIXON of Highland county, Ohio, on the 25th of February, 184-. He removed to Dade county, Mo., in 1857, and remained there until the war broke out. He went into the service in 1861. He organized a regiment in Dade county and was elected captain of a company. Afterwards he was promoted to the position of Major, of what was then known as Wright''s Battalion. The following year he was promoted to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the Fourth Missouri Cavalry. A short time afterwards he was again promoted to the Colonelcy of the Sixth Missouri Cavalry. He remained Colonel of that regiment until the close of the war. He served with distinction under Gens. Seigle, Lyons, Fremont, Hunter, and Curtiss.

The subject of our sketch is the eldest son. He remained at home and attended school until 1865, and then went to Philadelphia and attended a course of lectures in the Philadelphia University of Medicine, and graduated from that institution March, 1868. He came west, and in 1869 attended a course of lectures at the Miami College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. He commenced its practice in 1870. On the 30th of December, 1877, he married Jane, daughter of Joseph H. GUARD, of Philo, Ill. He belongs to the Society of Friends. His estimable wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Republican, and cast his first vote for U. S. Grant and has ever adhered to the fortunes of that party. Dr. Wright belongs to the regular School of Medicine. He is as yet upon the threshold of his professional life, but he bids fair to obtain prominence in his profession. He is a student yet; although his training in the best medical schools in the country has been thorough, he, unlike many others, realizes that the profession of Medicine is a life-long study. He is a kind and courteous gentleman, and one that the citizens of his village are proud of. It is with pleasure that we present the name of Dr. L. B. Wright to the citizens of Philo.

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