|Oil on canvas, Marshall Bouldin III, 1991, Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives.
WRIGHT, James Claude, Jr., a Representative from Texas; born in Fort Worth, Tarrant County,
Tex., December 22, 1922; attended the public schools of Fort Worth and Dallas,
Tex.; student at Weatherford (Tex.) College, 1939-1940, and the University of
Texas, 1940-1941; enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in December
1941; commissioned in 1942 and flew combat missions in the South Pacific; was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; partner in a national trade extension
and advertising firm; member of the Texas State house of representatives,
1947-1949; mayor of Weatherford, Tex., 1950-1954; served as president of the
League of Texas Municipalities in 1953; delegate, Democratic National
Conventions, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968, and Convention chairman in 1988;
elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the seventeen succeeding
Congresses and served from January 3, 1955, until his resignation on June 30,
1989; majority leader (Ninety-fifth through Ninety-ninth Congresses), Speaker
of the House of Representatives (One Hundredth and One Hundred First
Congresses); is a resident of Fort Worth, Tex.
The Ambition and Power. New York: Penguin Books, 1990; Wright,
Reflections of a Public Man. Fort Worth: Madison Publishing