Wright, Conrad Payling, 1897-1991

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Wright, Conrad Payling, 1897-1991

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Conrad Payling Wright was born in Middlebrough, England. Nothing is known about his family or early life. He appears to have served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in World War I. In 1924 Wright married Esther Isabelle Clark (1895-1990) of Saint-John NB, who became a well-known Maritime historian. After their marriage, she followed Wright to Stanford University in California where he was studying. Coming from a well-established family, she was able to pursue her historical research full-time. She lived in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, while Wright spent much of his time in Ontario. They were still married when she died in 1990. C.P. Wright accepted her posthumous Order of Canada award in 1990.

Wright was the author of “The St. Lawrence Deep Waterway: A Canadian Appraisal” (1935) about the unratified 1932 treaty between Canada and the US to build a deep waterway to connect the Great Lakes to the Atlantic and the benefits that it would provide. Using his accumulated research material as a base, Wright continued to collect a wide variety of information on what became the St. Lawrence Seaway, opened in 1959 and the associated hydroelectric developments. He planned to write a book on the Seaway, but this never came about. Wright did give a number of talks about the Seaway as well as making a number of presentations to various groups interested in the project. He died in 1991.


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Written by Larry McNally, 2016. Slight revisions and draft translation, Adele Torrance, 2018. French proofreading Céline Mongeau, Linda Larocque Linguistic Services, 2018.




-“Conrad Payling Wright (abt. 1897-1991).” (Undated). WikiTree website. Accessed online 2018-07-06: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Wright-25835
-CSTM Archives, C.P. Wright fonds, Series 001 Personal.
-“Esther Clark Wright.” (Undated). Acadia University Archives webpage. Accessed online 2018-07-06: https://archives.acadiau.ca/ecWright
-Green, Dariel. (2009). Esther Isabelle (Clark) Wright. In the New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia. Accessed online 2018-07-06: http://w3.stu.ca/stu/sites/nble/wright_esther_isabelle_clark.html

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