North American Scholar

WRIGHT, Henry Parks

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1839-11-30
  • Born City: Winchester
  • Born State/Country: NH
  • Parents: Parks & Relief Willard Woolsey W.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1918-03-17
  • Death City: New Haven
  • Death State/Country: CT
  • Married: Martha Elizabeth Burt, 7 July 1874.
  • Education:

    A.B. Yale, 1868; A.M., 1871; Ph.D., 1876; study at Göttingen & Berlin, 1878-9; LL.D. Union Coll., 1895.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Chickering Inst. (Cincinnati), 1868-9; tutor to prof. Lat. Yale, 1870-6; Dunham prof. Lat., 1876-1909; dean Yale Coll., 1884-1909.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Letters of Pliny the Younger" (Yale, 1876).

  • Publications:

    The Satires of Juvenal (Boston, 1901); The Fobes Memorial Library, Oakham, Massachusetts . . . (Oakham, MA, 1909); From School through College (New Haven, 1911, 1933, 1938); Soldiers of Oakham, Massachusetts in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War (New Haven, 1914); History of the Class of 1868, Yale College 1864-1914 (New Haven, 1914); The Young Man and Teaching (New Haven, 1920).

  • Notes:

    After preparation at Andover, Wright began his lifelong association with Yale, interrupted only by his service for the duration of the Civil War as a sergeant, Co. F, 51st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. His significant work in classics was his edition of Juvenal. His personality was marked by unbounded enthusiasm, which he applied equally to his teaching and his administrative duties. In his memory a silver medal was struck for him on his retirement and a dormitory at Yale bears his name.

  • Sources:

    CJ 13 (1917-8) 691; NatCAB 19:226; NYTimes (18 Mar. 1918) 13; WhAm 1:1385.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.