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Elmo L. Wright

Elmo L. Wright

Elmo L. Wright, son of Thomas J. Wright and Sally Chambliss, was born Sept. 28, 1885, in Ruston, LA.  He graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1909 and from the Louisiana State Normal College in 1909.  That same year he married Gladys Mattes and they were the parents of three children:  Maxine Wright Viers, who is deceased; Mrs. Gladys Wright Wilson; and James Ashley Wright.  After the death of his first wife, Wright married Gladys Warren in 1929.

Wright taught in Lafayette Parish and was at one time Principal of Carencro High School.  In 1909, he was appointed Superintendent to succeed Avery.  At the time of his appointment, he was only 23 years of age and the youngest parish superintendent in the state.  When he assumed the position of Superintendent, due to lack of funds, schools were opened for only 5 1/2 months per year.  It wasn't until 1911-1912 that schools were opened for the regular session.

He resigned in Sept. 1912, to enter private business.  He moved to Renton, Washington, where he was franchised Ford automobile dealer.  Although he moved into the field of salesmanship, he remained interested in education.  At one time, he was a member of the Board of Education at Renton, King County, Washington.

Wright was a member of the Rotary Club and was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Valley General Hospital, Renton, Washington.

He died Jan. 31, 1953 in Renton, Washington.

Dr. F.R. Tolson was President of the School Board during Wright's tenure as Superintendent.