Wright, Richard Robert, Sr.
- Robert C. Morris
Wright, Richard Robert, Sr. (16 May 1855–02 July 1947), educator and banker, was born in Whitfield County, Georgia, the son of Robert Waddell and Harriet (maiden name unknown), both slaves. His father, of mixed African and Cherokee descent, was the coachman on a plantation where his mother was a house servant. When Richard was two years old, his father escaped to free territory. Richard and his mother were taken by their slave owner to Cuthbert, Georgia, where she married Alexander Wright and had two children. After emancipation Harriet Wright moved with her three children to Atlanta to take advantage of the recent opening of a Freedman’s Bureau School for Negroes. While she supported the family by running a boarding house, Richard entered Storrs School, which was run by the American Missionary Association. In 1866 General ...