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Benjamin Fletcher Wright


Benjamin Fletcher Wright, American educator. Served with infantry United States Army, 1918.; Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, Am Political Science Association.


Wright, Benjamin Fletcher was born on February 8, 1900 in Austin, Texas, United States. Son of Benjamin F. and Mary (Blandford) Wright.


Bachelor of Arts and A.M., University Texas, 1921. Doctor of Philosophy., Harvard, 1925. Doctor of Laws, Amherst College, 1950, Mount Holyoke College, 1958, U. Pittsburgh, 1962.

Doctor of Letters, American International College, 1958.


; children—David, Janet (Mistress Paul E. Jones, Junior). Instructor government University Texas, 1922-1924, Adjunct Professor, 1925-1926. Instructor government Harvard, 1926-1928, assistant professor, 1928-1940, associate professor 1940-1945, professor 1945-1949, department chairman government, 1942-1946, Chairman of Commission on general education, 1946-1949.

President Smith College, 1949-1959. Fellow Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, 1959-1960. Professor government University Texas, 1960-1976.

Lowell lecturer, Boston, 1947. Member of faculty Salzburg Seminar on American Studies, 1947, 49. Bacon lecturer Boston University, 1957.

Jefferson Memorial lecturer University of California, Berkeley, 1964. Visiting professor government Harvard, 1966-1967.


  • Author: American Interpretations of Natural Law, 1931, The Contract Clause of the Constitution, 1938, The Growth of American Constitutional Law, 1942. (With others) General Education in a Free Society, 1945. Consensus and Continuity, 1776-1787, 1958.

    Five Public Philosophies of Walter Lippmann, 1973. Editor: Source Book of American Political Theory, 1929. The Federalist, 1961.


Served with infantry United States Army, 1918. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, Am Political Science Association.


Married Alexa Rhea, 1926 (deceased. Children: David, Janet (Mistress.

Benjamin F. Wright

Mary (Blandford) Wright

Alexa Rhea

David Wright

Janet (Mrs Wright