Wright, Marion A. (Marion Allan), 1894-1983

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South Carolina attorney who practiced law in Conway, S.C. and elsewhere; native of Marion; retired to Linville Falls, N.C., ca. 1950; died 1983; Wright was an advocate of public libraries as a tool to improve literacy during the 1930s and 1940s.

From the description of Marion A. Wright papers, 1936-1982. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 30679833

Marion Allan Wright (1894-1983) of South Carolina was an attorney, author, member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and civil rights supporter.

From the description of Marion A. Wright papers, 1912-1982 [manuscript]. WorldCat record id: 27190296

18 January 1894 Born in Johnston, South Carolina

1910-1914 Attended the University of South Carolina (did not receive degree)

1912-1919 Witnessed South Carolina's first 16 executions by electrocution, as a reporter for the Columbia Record

1914-1915 Taught in the public schools of Winston Salem, North Carolina

1916 Married Lelia Hauser

1919 Received a law degree from the University of South Carolina

1919-1947 Practiced corporate law in Conway, South Carolina

1937-1943 Served as chairman of the Illiteracy Commission

1941-1945 Served as a member of the Enemy Alien Board for South Carolina

1947-1963 Served as board member (1947-1957) and board chairman (1957-1963) of the Penn Community Services, Inc., Frogmore, St. Helena Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina

1948 Moved to Linville Falls, North Carolina

1951-1958 Served as president of the Southern Regional Council

1958-1965 Served as vice-president of the Southern Regional Council

1967 Founded and served as first president of the North Carolinians Against the Death Penalty

1969 Married Alice Norwood Spearman after having been a widower for 13 years

1978 Publication of Human Rights Odyssey, which won the Lillian Smith Award for nonfiction from the Southern Regional Council

1980 Received honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina

14 February 1983 Died at Crossnore, North Carolina

(See also the interview of Wright by Arnold Shankman and biographical materials on Wright in Series 6.)

From the guide to the Marion A. Wright Papers, 1912-1982, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Citizens Library Association of South Carolina. Records, 1939-1941. Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
referencedIn Harvard Law School Forums Records Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn South Carolina Council on Human Relations. Records, 1934-1976. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Bagwell, William, 1923-2006. William Bagwell papers, 1957-2006 (bulk, 1957-1965) University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn United States Commission on Civil Rights. South Carolina Advisory Committee. Records, 1957-1968. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Wright, Marion A. (Marion Allan), 1894-1983. Marion A. Wright papers, 1912-1982 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Johnson, Guy Benton, 1901-1991. Guy Benton Johnson papers, 1830-1987. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Wright, Marion A. (Marion Allan), 1894-1983. Marion A. Wright papers, 1936-1982. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Marion A. Wright Papers, 1912-1982 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Wright, Marion A. (Marion Allan), 1894-1983. Additional colloquialisms observed in Horry County, South Carolina, [197u?] University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Penn School Papers, 1862-2004 and undated, (bulk 1862-1978) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Paul Green Papers, 1880-1992 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Derrick, Samuel Melanchthon, 1896-1969. Samuel Melanchthon Derrick papers, 1924-1973. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
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Relation Name
associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Bagwell, William, 1923-2006. person
associatedWith Citizens Library Association of South Carolina. corporateBody
associatedWith Copeland, J. Isaac (James Isaac), 1910- person
associatedWith Dabbs, James McBride, 1896-1970. person
correspondedWith Derrick, Samuel Melanchthon, 1896-1969. person
correspondedWith Dunbar, Leslie person
associatedWith Field Foundation (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Green, Paul, 1894-1981. person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Guy Benton, 1901-1991. person
associatedWith Mayo, Benjamin. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith North Carolina Civil Liberties Union. corporateBody
associatedWith North Carolinians Against the Death Penalty. corporateBody
associatedWith Penn Community Services. corporateBody
associatedWith Penn School (Saint Helena Island, S.C.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Shankman, Arnold M., 1945-1983 person
associatedWith South Carolina Conference on Social Work. corporateBody
associatedWith South Carolina Council on Human Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith South Carolina Tuberculosis Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Southern Regional Council. corporateBody
correspondedWith United States Commission on Civil Rights. South Carolina Advisory Committee. corporateBody
correspondedWith Waring, Elizabeth Avery, 1895-1968 person
associatedWith Waring, J. Waties (Julis Waties), 1880-1968. person
associatedWith Wheeler, Raymond, 1919-1982. person
associatedWith Williams, Aubrey Willis, 1890-1965. person
associatedWith Wright, Alice Norwood Spearman, 1902-1989. person
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Horry County (S.C.)
United States
South Carolina
United States
South Carolina
Southern States
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English language--Slang
Judges--Political and social views
Lawyers--History--20th century
Capital punishment--Law and legislation
Capital punishment
Social reformers--History--20th century
Segregation
African Americans--Civil rights
Human rights
Capital punishment--Moral and ethical aspects
Figures of speech
Civil rights movement
Civil rights
Civil rights--History--20th century
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Birth 1894

Death 1983

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