He attended public schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was an 1898 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Early He moved to East Orange, New Jersey in 1904. Wright was a Director and Vice President of the Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation. He was the Past President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He also served as Managing Editor of Railway Age, an American trade journal for the rail transport industry, from 1911 until his death in 1948.
Political He was elected to the Essex County Board of Freeholders in 1934 and served one three-year term. He was elected Republican State Committeeman from Essex County in 1940 and served one three-year term.
In 1941, Homer C. Zink resigned from the State Senate following his appointment by the Legislature as the New Jersey State Controller. wright became a candidate for State Senator. In November, 1941, he defeated Democrat J. Raymond Berry.
He was re-elected in 1944 against Democrat Edward J. Gilhooly.
He was not a candidate for re-election in 1947. Wright died of a heart ailment on July 9, 1948 at age 72.
Wright became active in politics in the 1920s and was a member of the national Engineers Committee for Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential campaign.