Daniel Giraud Wright was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the son of coffee trader Robert Clinton Wright (1822-1879) of Baltimore, Maryland and Rio de Janeiro, and his wife, Anna Selina Anderson. (Hardy)
Daniel Wright attended the University of Virginia in sessions 34-35 & 37 (1857-1859 & 1860-1861). When the Civil War began in his last year, he enlisted as a private in Company H of the 1st Maryland Regiment, CSA. From 1862 to Dec. 1863, he served in Company C, and later in Company D of the 1st Virginia Regiment, and from Dec. 1863 to the end of the war he served in Mosby’s Partisan Rangers, Company D of the 43rd Virginia Calvary. He was captured in 1864 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war. After the Civil War, Wright joined the bar in Baltimore, MD, and practiced as a lawyer.
On 8 Nov. 1871, he married Louisa Sophia Wigfall (1846-1915), daughter of Senator Louis Trezevant Wigfall (who was in both the U.S. and the Confederate States Senates). Their only child was William Henry DeCourcy Wright. (Hardy) In 1888, Daniel Wright was elected to the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, MD, a position in which he served until 1910. (Hall) In 1896, Judge Wright was one of the charter members of the Maryland State Bar Association. Louise Wigfall Wright was the founder of the Baltimore #8 Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy and was the first president of the Maryland UDC. She was the author of a memoir, A Southern Girl in ’61; the War-Time Memories of a Confederate Senator’s Daughter, which was published in 1905.
Judge and Mrs. Wright and their son are buried in the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery in Owings Mills, Maryland.
- “Daniel Giraud Wright (1840-1922)” Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series). [website]
- Emory, Mary Edwardine Bourke. Colonial families and their descendants. Baltimore, MD, 1900, p. 117.
- Hall, Clayton C., ed. Baltimore: Its History and its people. New York, 1912, v. 1, p.634.
- Hardy, Stella Pickett. Colonial families of the Southern states of America. New York, 1911, p.535-536.
- Tombstones of the Wright family, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Owings Mills, MD. Findagrave.com.