Captain John Tennent Wright, Jr. (December 24, 1826–1911) was a sea captain and capitalist. He and his family were the last residents of Camron-Stanford House, from 1903 until 1907. Wright was also the uncle of Children's Hospital founder Bertha Wright.
Family and Business
John, Jr. was born in 1826 to a seafaring family in New York. The family came west, arriving in San Francisco in 1849 during the Gold Rush. The Wright family steamship business, the California Steam Navigation Company, included John Jr., his father, Capt. John T. Wright, Sr., Capt. Thomas A. Wright, and Capt. George S. Wright.
John went to the gold fields, but unlike a lot of fortune seekers, he actually made money panning for gold. "Within six months he cleared $15,000 panning on the American River and returned to San Francisco to purchase the bark Clarissa. His first voyage to Panama was a disaster. The outbound sailing had paid for the cost of the ship but it was lost on the return voyage (although most passengers were saved)." 1 After that, John went to work with the family business.
Wright married Susan (Wright) (–March 21, 1877) and they had a son, George Wright (–December 25, 1897). A year after Susan's death, John married Terilla Beck (Wright) (–). (Interesting side note: one of Terilla's relatives, Eugene H. Beck, married Mary Evelyn Smith, daughter of "Borax" and Evelyn Smith.)
Death and Burial
Wright died in 1911, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery with his first wife and son in plot 9, lot F, grave #5. There is no marker for John, but a monument marks the graves of Susan and George.
- The Wrights on Camron-Stanford House website