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    The liberal patronage which is accorded Dr. Thomas Melville Wright is the best indication of his superior ability as a physician and surgeon. His comprehensive knowledge and his accuracy in applying the principles of medicine to the mastery of disease has gained him creditable prestige, and he is accounted one of the foremost members of the medical fraternity in Troy. His birth occurred October 5, 1848, in Montgomery county, Indiana, his parents being James W. and Nancy (Fugate) Wright, natives of Russell county, Virginia. The father was born in 1811 and the mother in 1814, her death occurring in Boone county, Indiana, in 1852. The father died in Troy, Ohio, in 1897, having devoted his entire life to agricultural pursuits and to the practice of medicine. With his family he removed to Indiana about 1836, but his last days were spent in the Buckeye state. Thomas M. Wright acquired his preliminary education in the common schools, after which he entered the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, in which institution he was graduated with the class of 1870. He had engaged in teaching for two years prior to entering the normal, having had charge of a school at Blue Grass, Illinois. It was in that way he acquired the capital necessary to meet his expenses in school. After his graduation he resumed teaching, which he followed for four years, spending one year as principal of the high school in Crawfordsville, Illinois. In 1872 he began the study of medicine, and in 1874 abandoned the work of the schoolroom al-together in order to give his entire time to the mastery of the principles of medical science. His reading was directed by Dr. Nelson Walkley, of Troy, Ohio, and he was graduated in the Kentucky School of Medicine in 1876. Immediately afterward he opened an office in Troy and has since engaged in practice, securing a large and liberal patronage. He has performed many of the most important abdominal operations in the county, including operative surgical work for ovariotomies, strangulated hernia, ectopic gestation, caesarian section and appendicitis. He is a member of the Miami County Medical Society, of the Ohio State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association, and is a close student of his profession, keeping in touch with its continued progress and advancement. In 1871 occurred the marriage of Dr. Wright and Miss Angeline Mendenhall, of Miami county. She died in 1879, leaving a son, Thomas M., and the Doctor was again married, in 1880, his second union being with Miss Emma A. Albaugh, of Miami county, by whom he has a daughter, Angeline Bracken. In his political views a Republican, he keeps well informed on the questions of the day, but is no aspirant for political honors. He has taken all the Yorkrite degrees of Masonry, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. His direct regard for the ethics of his profession, his wide knowledge and his careful attention to his business have won him prominence and success.

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