Wright, John C. (John Crafts), 1783-1861

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U.S. representive from Ohio, public official of Pennsylvania, editor, printer, jurist, and lawyer.

From the description of John C. Wright papers, 1816-1828. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981429

John C. Wright was born July 27, 1933. He earned an A.B. in Social Relations (Magna) from Harvard University in 1954 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1960. After holding teaching positions at Stanford, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin he was appointed Associate Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Kansas in 1968. Professor Wright also served as a visiting professor at universities in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and London.

Wright was elected to act as a delegate from Minnesota to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, 1968. He knew, met, and corresponded with many well known political figures of the day and actively pursued an ending to the Vietnam War through peaceful demonstrations. One such demonstration at K.U. was the disruption of an ROTC Chancellor's Review which ultimately led to a reprimand from the K.U. Senate. Political affiliations included: American Civil Liberties Union, Lawrence Peace Committee, and Lawrence Committee on Civil Rights.

Wright held affiliations with numerous academic organizations, received countless grants for research, and won the accolades of students and colleagues for his dynamic approach to teaching. He was nominated by the senior class at K.U. for the H.O.P.E. Award (Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator) nine times and was a finalist in the 1972-1973 school year. Throughout his career, Wright was actively involved in community development and also participated in Lawrence Community Theatre and Lawrence Civic Choir.

Along with his wife and fellow colleague Aletha C. Huston, Professor Wright retired from the University of Kansas in 1996 to seek funding opportunities for their Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children (CRITC) at the University of Texas at Austin, where Professor Huston still teaches. Their research led to an uncommon and ground breaking understanding of the potential for educational TV to have a positive effect on the learning process. Author and co-author of dozens of articles into understanding adolescent cognitive development, Professor Wright's work has been cited and sourced by many in the psychological field as well as used in high profile and government lawsuits regarding the TV industry.

Tragically, John C. Wright was killed in a car crash on July 9, 2001, while vacationing at his summer home in Minnesota. Just before his death he had expanded his research of technology's influence on children to include computer programs and the internet.

From the guide to the Personal Papers of John C. Wright, 1968-1972, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives)

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referencedIn William Bebb Papers, 1705-1849, 1812-1849 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Benjamin Tappan Papers, 1795-1900, (bulk 1795-1866) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Thomas Corwin Correspondence, 1850-1853 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn New York State Comptroller's Office canal records, 1823-1856 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn University of Kansas General Records, 1866- University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives
referencedIn University of Kansas General Records, 1866- University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives
creatorOf Clay, Henry, 1777-1852,. Letters from Henry Clay and Edmund Randolph [manuscript], 1791-1830. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Personal Papers of John C. Wright, 1968-1972 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives
referencedIn Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (bulk 1795-1866). Library of Congress
referencedIn Corwin, Thomas, 1794-1865. Thomas Corwin correspondence, 1850-1853. Library of Congress
referencedIn Hunton, Hamilton Morris, 1908-. Autograph collection of Hamilton Morris Hutton [manuscript], 1828-1930. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wright, John Crafts. Papers 1823 Dec. 5 and 22 Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Wright, John C., 1783-1861. Letter, 1841 March 3, Columbus [Ohio], to Daniel Webster, Washington. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Bebb, William, 1802-1873. William Bebb papers, 1705-1849 (bulk 1812-1849). Library of Congress
creatorOf Wright, John C., 1783-1861. Letter, 1827 May 24, Steubenville [Ohio], to Daniel Webster [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Hammond, Charles, 1779-1840. Papers, 1793-1840. Library of Congress
creatorOf Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Letter, 1827 April 30, Boston to John C. Wright, Steubenville [Ohio.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Wright, John Crafts. Papers, 1825 March 2. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Leon Trotsky exile papers, 1929-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Drake, Benjamin, 1794-1841. Letter to John H. James [manuscript], 1840 April 7. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wright, John C. (John Crafts), 1783-1861. John C. Wright papers, 1816-1828. Library of Congress
creatorOf Sloane, John, 1799-1856. Papers 1809-1877. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
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correspondedWith Bebb, William, 1802-1873. person
correspondedWith Corwin, Thomas, 1794-1865. person
associatedWith Drake, Benjamin, 1794-1841. person
associatedWith Hammond, Charles, 1779-1840. person
associatedWith Hunton, Hamilton Morris, 1908- person
associatedWith New York (State). Comptroller's Office corporateBody
associatedWith Sloane, John, 1799-1856. person
associatedWith Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. person
associatedWith Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940 person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Kansas. corporateBody
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Ohio
Pennsylvania
United States
Subject
Democratic National Convention (1968: Chicago, IL)
Democratic Party (Kansas)
Occupation
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Ohio
Editors
Lawyers
Printer
Jurists
Public officials--Pennsylvania
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Birth 1783-08-17

Death 1861-02-13

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