John Kirtland Wright

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John Kirtland Wright

Birthdate: (78)
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Wright and Mary Tappan Wright
Husband of Katharine Wright
Father of Austin McGiffert Wright; <private> McPherson (Wright) and <private> Toynbee (Wright)
Brother of Austin Tappan Wright and Elizabeth Wright Tappan

Occupation: Geographer
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About John Kirtland Wright

John Kirtland Wright (1891–1969) was an American geographer, notable for his cartography, geosophy, and study of the history of geographical thought. He was the son of classical scholar John Henry Wright and novelist Mary Tappan Wright, and the brother of legal scholar and utopian novelist Austin Tappan Wright. He married Katharine McGiffert Jan. 21, 1921 in New York, N.Y. They had three children: Austin McGiffert Wright, Gertrude Huntington McPherson, and Mary Wolcott Toynbee.


Having completed a PhD in history at Harvard University, in 1920 Wright was employed as librarian by the American Geographical Society; between the years of 1920 and 1956 he also served as an AGS editor, personal academic contributor, and eventually director. As a result of his prolific academic and professional life, three main themes have emerged in John K. Wright’s published works. These include: the overlapping of academic disciplines (mainly history) with geography, the power of the mind and the supernatural realm in creating subjectivity in geographic research, and the importance of sharing academic knowledge.

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John Kirtland Wright's Timeline

1891
1891
1922
September 6, 1922
Age 31
Yonkers, NY, USA
1969
1969
Age 78