Wright, Sophie Bell
- Florence M. Jumonville
Wright, Sophie Bell (05 June 1866–10 June 1912), educator and humanitarian, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of William H. Wright, a planter and former Confederate soldier who had been impoverished by the Civil War, and Mary S. Bell, daughter of a planter from St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Permanently crippled by a fall at age three and immobilized for some six years, Sophie was educated at home until about 1875. An apt pupil, she attended elementary and secondary schools at Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, until she was fourteen. Two years later, recognizing the inadequacy of her education, Wright arranged to teach mathematics at Peabody Normal Seminary in New Orleans, in exchange for the privilege of attending other classes there....