Dr. David Minton Wright
was born in Nansemond county, Virginia
, in the year of our Lord 1809.
After his preliminary education was sufficiently advanced he was sent to the military school of Captain Patrick
, in Middletown, Connecticut
After completing the usual course here, he returned home and then entered the office of Dr. William Warren
, of Edenton, North Carolina
, the father of Dr. Edward Warren
), now of Paris
After prosecuting his studies for some time under the tutorage of Dr. Warren
he repaired to Philadelphia
, where he was graduated from the University
as doctor of medicine about the year 1833.
After his graduation he remained for a time in attendance upon the hospitals.
Returning to Edenton, North Carolina
, he settled there and commenced the practice of medicine.
During the early years of his sojourn in his new home he united with his preceptor in the practice of medicine, and continued in association with him for eighteen years.
Two years after he settled in Edenton
, he was united in marriage with Miss Penelope Creecy
, of whom we will speak more particularly hereafter.
After having prosecuted his professional labors, as previously stated, for many years with increasing reputation and success in the town of Edenton, North Carolina
, he determined to remove with his large family to Norfolk, Virginia
So in 1854, he located in this city, and soon secured a large and lucrative practice.
The next year, 1855, the yellow fever visited the city, and, though he had a large family, both of children and servants, not one of them left the city.
threw himself into the great work, which suffering humanity so imperatively demanded of him, with such abandon
and zeal that he quite early in the progress of the fever fell a victim to its ravages.
But the kind nursing of his loving companion, his indomitable will, and the skill of his physicians, in the providence of God, brought him safely through.
After the fever was over, a meeting of the surviving physicians was held to give some expression of their feelings and judgment in regard to their fallen comrades.
was chosen chairman of the meeting, and delivered a most chaste and beautiful address, pronouncing most feeling and impressive eulogies upon all of his martyred comrades.
From that time till the opening of the war, Dr. Wright
continued the practice of his profession with zeal, energy and success.
At the time the Federal
troops entered the city, Dr. Wright