Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Edward Purdon Wright

The Rev. Edward P. Wright was born in Swineshead, Lincolnshire, England, on 26 April 1825, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Purdon) Wright. The father was born in Ireland and the mother in Wales. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1853 by Bishop G. W. Doane. He moved to New Hampshire and was rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Nashua, in 1856. By 1860 he had moved to Indiana and was rector of Trinity, Michigan City, from 1860 to 1861. He registered for the Civil War draft in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, in 1863, but Lloyd's Clerical Directory lists him as rector of St. James Church, Cincinnati, from 1863 to 1870. He moved nearby to Dayton and headed Christ Church from 1870 to 1873, then served various missionary stations from 1873 to 1890. He was rector of St. Alban's, Sussex, Wisconsin, from 1874 to 1880, and in 1890 was chaplain of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Home for Disabled Veterans in the Diocese of Milwaukee. He married twice. His first wife, Susan, died before 1886. He married second Georgia Bennett in 1886, and she survived him. He died in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on 25 January 1910.


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