Wright, G. Frederick (George Frederick), 1838-1921

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George Frederick was born in Whitehall, New York, in 1838. He received an A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1859 and graduated from the Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1862. He served as a Congregational minister in Bakersfield, Vermont (1862-1872), and Andover, Massachusetts (1872-1881). In 1881 Wright returned to the Oberlin Theological Seminary where he was Professor of New Testament Language and Literature (1881-1892) and Professor of the Harmony of Science and Revelation (1892-1907). Wright was prominent in Christian Darwinist circles and much of his early theological studies focused on evolution. He later moved toward fundamentalism and his later writings focus on the infallibility of the Bible. Wright also pursued studies in geology, and he conducted geological surveys and published widely on glacial geology. During his retirement he served as president of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society and became known as a local historian in Lorain County, Ohio. Wright married Hulda Maria Day (d. 1899) in 1862; their son and three daughters all graduated from Oberlin College. He married his second wife Florence Eleanor Bedford (d. 1943) in 1904. George Frederick Wright died in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1921.

From the description of Papers, 1811-1998 1850-1921. (Oberlin College Library). WorldCat record id: 45322641

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creatorOf Andrews, C. W. (Charles William), 1862-1940. [Collected papers by various scientists]. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Wright, G. Frederick (George Frederick), 1838-1921. Papers, 1811-1998 1850-1921. Oberlin College Library
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Richardson, James B. (James Bailey), 1832-1911. Letter, 1892 December 11 [Boston], to Judge [Smith, n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Deitrick, James. James Deitrick papers, 1900-1918. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Additional letters from various correspondents, 1849-1931. Houghton Library
creatorOf Haynes, Henry W. (Henry Williamson), 1831-1912. Henry W. Haynes papers, 1805-1912. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf [G. Frederick Wright, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Fairchild, James H. Papers, 1819-1910. Oberlin College Library
creatorOf Wright, G. Frederick (George Frederick), 1838-1921. Pamphlets and newspaper clippings, 1874-1921. Brown University, Brown University Library
creatorOf Wright, G. Frederick (George Frederick), 1838-1921. Map of Ohio in the ice age / by Prof. G. Frederick Wright ; drafted by Warren Upham. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
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associatedWith Deitrick, James. person
associatedWith Fairchild, James H. person
correspondedWith Garrison family. family
associatedWith Haynes, Henry W. (Henry Williamson), 1831-1912. person
associatedWith Henshaw, Samuel, 1852-1941 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Oberlin College. Graduate School of Theology corporateBody
associatedWith Richardson, James B. (James Bailey), 1832-1911. person
associatedWith Upham, Warren, 1850-1934. person
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United States
Oberlin--Wellington Rescue, 1858--Sources
Geology--Maps, Manuscript
Evolution--Religious aspects--Christianity--Sources
Congregational churches--Clergy--Sources
Glacial epoch--Maps, Manuscript
Natural history


Birth 1838-01-22

Death 1921-04-20


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