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    Thomas Melville Wright, Doctor of Medicine. During a period of forty-four years, Dr. Thomas Melville Wright has been engaged in the practise of medicine and surgery at Troy and in this long and faithful service has given the best years, abilities and energies of his life. He was born in Boone county, Indiana, October 5, 1848, a son of James Wesley and Nancy (Fugat) Wright, and had one brother and one sister to grow to maturity: Rev. Joseph Monroe, a minister of the Presbyterian church, who died in 19l2, and Sarah Ann, who died in Kansas, in 1908, as the wife of Jacob Cook, formerly an Illinois farmer. Thomas Melville Wright attended the public schools and the National Normal School, at Lebanon, Ohio, and received his medical training at the Louisville Medical College, Louisville, Ky. Graduated July 1, 1876, he at once began practice at Troy, where he opened an office on Walnut street, and here he has continued to follow his profession to the present time, having gained a large and lucrative practice and a firmly established position among the leading practitioners of the city. Doctor Wright married Angeline Mendenhall, of West Milton, Ohio, daughter of Thaddeus and Eliza Mendenhall, and to this union there were born two children: James Wesley, who died in infacy, and Thomas Melville, Jr. The latter volunteered for service during the Spanish-American war and saw active service in Porto Rico. He was a practicing physician of Troy, being a graduate of Indiana State University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Baltimore, Md., and his death, which occurred December 29, 1915, removed from the city one of its brilliant members of the profession. Dr. Thomas M. Wright, the elder, married for his second wife, Alice, daughter of B. F. and Priscilla Albaugh, of Covington, Ohio, and to this union there were born two children: Lucile, who died in infancy, and Angeline B., the wife of Quinn B. Mitchell, of Alcony, Ohio. Doctor Wright is a member of the state, county and national medical bodies, and surgeon at Troy for the Dayton & Troy railroad and the Big Four railroad. He continued to be a close student of his profession, to which he has devoted his entire attention throughout his life, although he is not indifferent to the pleasures of companionship with his fellows and is a popular and esteemed member of the Masonic fraternity, having attained the York Rite degrees.

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