MILTON R. WRIGHT, M. D., Physician and Surgeon, Gadsden, son of Rufus W. and Annie (Gilchrist) Wright, was born in Chester County, S.C., November 8, 1834. The senior Mr. Wright came to Alabama in 1835, located in Calhoun County in 1837, and lived on his plantation five miles below Gadsden, on the Coosa River, the rest of his days. He died in 1874, at the age of sixty-five years.
The subject of this sketch was reared on his father's plantation, acquired a good English education at the common schools, and gave a few years of his time to teaching. In 1859, he took his first course of lectures in the study of medicine at Atlanta, and in October, 1862, joined the First Alabama Cavalry as assistant-surgeon. A few months later, he was transferred to the Thirty-first Alabama Infantry, and remained with the army until the fall of 1861, when on account of ill health he was compelled to resign. Returning to Etowah County, he resumed the practice of medicine a short time, accumulating there-at means sufficient to enable him to prosecute his collegiate studies. In the spring of 1870, he graduated from the Alabama Medical College, at Mobile, and since that time has been regularly and successfully in the practice. He is a member of the State and County Medical Associations, and is one of the counselors in the former.
Dr. Wright was married in May, 1860, to Mary E. Bevens, daughter of Dr. Bevens and has had born to him five children, to-wit: Fannie B. (deceased), Mary J. (Mrs. Dr. J. D. Liddell), James M. (deceased), Rufus B. and Milton R.
The family are members of the Baptist Church, and the Doctor is a Mason.