Wright, John S.
Born: 1815-07-16 Massachusetts
Wright moved to Chicago, Illinois, with his father in 1832. He built the first school in Chicago. Wright began purchasing real estate in 1834 and selling to investors in New York. He diversified his interests, buying a warehouse and dock-lots, but a few failed business deals left him in serious financial trouble by 1840. As a member of the Union Agricultural Society, Wright began editing the organization's periodical,
Gravestone, Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, IL; Weston A. Goodspeed and Daniel D. Healy, eds., History of Cook County Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1909), 2:101; A. T. Andreas, History of Cook County Illinois (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1884), 132, 136, 173; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Ward 3, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 211; Chicago: Past, Present, Future (Chicago: Western News, 1868), 289-96.