Albert M. Wright, M. D. S., F. A. C. D.
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

ALBERT M. WRIGHT, M. D. S., F. A. C. D., has for many years held a leading position in the dental profession in Rensselaer County, New York, and his appointment to the New York State Board of Dental Examiners thirty-eight years ago was at the time considered a just and wise recognition of merit. His long service in this connection has had much to do with the high standard upheld by the board, and for nearly twenty years he has served this body as president.

Dr. Wright is a native of Cambridge, New York, and a son of Sidney W. and Maria Cramer (Savage) Wright, his people for many years having been active in farming; both parents are now deceased. Born August 26, 1848, Albert M. Wright as a boy attended the district schools near his farm home, then later became a student at Cambridge (New York) Academy, leaving the farm when about fifteen years of age. Following his preparatory course at the academy, the young man took up the study of dentistry with Dr. Cotton, of Cambridge, New York, and continued his studies under Dr. Young, of Troy. Eventually entering the University of the State of New York, he received a degree from that institution and began practicing in Troy in the year 1869. First associating with Dr. O. R. Young, at No. 24 Third street, although not in the way of a partnership, he was thus engaged for some years, then removed to No. 38 Third street, where he continued until 1901. In that year he removed to his present commodious office and residence. At different times during his career Dr. Wright has taken post-graduate work along the lines of his profession and has thereby kept a step ahead of his contemporaries. His leadership was recognized by his appointment in 1885 to the body which was then known as the New York State Board of Censors, but which ten years later took its present name of the New York State Board of Dental Examiners. His work with this body has been eminently constructive and has given to the profession in this State, an impetus toward higher achievement and loftier ideals. His election to the presidency of the board in 1904 was considered only a further recognition of his usefulness and an award of well-earned honors. Dr. Wright has entire charge of the practical and theoretical examinations of all oral hygienists entering this State for licensing examinations.

The doctor is past president of the Third District Dental Society of New York State and is past president of New York State Dental Society. He was formerly a member of the Troy Microscopical Society, also of Troy Scientific Association, and is one of the foremost figures in the profession in New York State, as a fellow of the American College of Dentists. He was a member of the Pafraets Deal Club, but of recent years his time has been so fully occupied as to compel him to resign his membership in this organization. Fraternally Dr. Wright is identified with King Solomon Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Apollo Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of which he is past high priest; Bloss Council, Royal and Select Masons; Apollo Commandery, Knights Templar, of which he was prelate; and Oriental Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Dr. Wright's chief recreations have always been such as have taken him out into the open, and he particularly delights in agricultural activities.

Dr. Wright married, on August 6, 1880, Mary Hart, of Stillwater, New York.

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