Oct. 7, 1820 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Nov. 2, 1891 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
72y Widower 1416 Arch Street, 9th Ward
Philadelphia Inquirer, November 2, 1891 "COLONEL WRIGHT'S ILLNESS Colonel John A. Wright, one of the best known citizens of this city, was lying at the point of death at his home, 1416 Arch street, after midnight this morning., The doctors do not hold out any hope of his recovery."
Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 1891
"COL. JOHN A. WRIGHT DEAD The Well-Known Railroad Authority Passes Away After a Long Illness
Colonel John Armstrong Wright died last night at his home, 1416 Arch street. Colonel Wright was born in this city October 7, 1820. After preparatory training at Wilbraham, Massachusetts, he entered Dickinson College and graduated in July 1838. In June of that year he was appointed assistant engineer by the Legislature to survey a line between this city and Pittsburg. In 1841 he assisted on the extension of the Georgia Railroad from Madison to Atlanta.
During 1844 he published a series of letters upon the advantage of the line he aided in surveying to Pittsburg. The attention of capitalists and citizens was attracted, and in 1846 a charter was obtained for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Mr. Wright was elected one of the Board of Directors. In 1848 he removed to Lewistown and took charge of the Freedom Iron Works. After twenty years' service he resigned because of ill health. During the war he was one of Governor Curtin's staff. In 1874 he was named as one of the commissioners to investigate the affairs of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the report of the commission was written by him. In 1875 he was elected one of the Board of Arbitration by the Executive Committees of the Eastern and Western Railroads. For thirty years he has been recognized an authority upon all matters pertaining to railroads and has frequently contributed articles to the daily press. In 1889 the State Senate named him as one of the commission to revise the State Tax laws.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and has written several pamphlets upon church policy and was a delegate to the last General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was the first president of the Laymen's Association, and at the time of his death was president of the Scotch-Irish Association. He was an active Mason and Past Grand Master of the Supreme Lodge of Pennsylvania. Since his return from Europe in September he has been confined almost continuously to the house. Four daughters, three of whom are married, survive him."
Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section K Lot 171