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Philip J. Wright

17 May 1839 - 15 February 1928
Conference Cane: 1924
Age at death: 88 years, 8 months

Philip J. Wright

In the death of Rev. Philip J. Wright on February 15, 1928, Michigan Methodism has lost one of its patriarchs. He was born in Essex County, Ontario, Canada, May 17, 1839. He was united in marriage to Julia Wigle in the year 1859. To this union two children were born, Herbert and Edith, both of whom have preceded him in death. His wife died in 1891.

In 1869 he was received on trial in the Detroit Conference and two years later into full membership. For forty years he served faithfully and well, retiring from the active ranks of the ministry in 1909 at the age of seventy years.

During the forty years of active service he labored in the following fields: 1869, Sand Beach; 1870, East Tawas; 1871-72, South Saginaw; 1873, Phoenix; 1874, Escanaba; 1875-77, Mayville; 1878-80, Reese; 1881-82, Lambertville; 1883, Gaylord; 1884, Woodside and Banks, Bay City; 1886-87, Lexington; 1888-89, Metamora; 1890, Bridgeport; 1891-92, Bennington; 1893-94, St. Charles; 1895-97, Freeland; 1898-99, Tipton; 1900-02, Medina; 1903, Weston; 1904, Samaria; 1905-08, Unadilla.

Since his retirement, Brother Wright has lived at Unadilla, Stockbridge, and for the last few years at Freeland.

Brother Wright had the distinction of being the oldest member of our Conference who had served his whole ministry in our Conference. Two years ago, in 1926, at the session of our Conference held in Metropolitan Church, Detroit, in behalf of the Conference, the Rev. N.N. Clark presented the "Conference Cane" to Brother Wright, who responded in a happy vein.

Brother Wright was spending the winter in Florida when summoned to his eternal reward. The body was brought to Freeland, where services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in charge of the Rev. F.H. Cookson, District Superintendent, assisted by the Methodist ministers of Saginaw and Bay City. The ministerial quartet of Bay City sang two appropriate hymns.

Interment took place at Freeland, beside the body of his wife.

- Detroit Annual Conference minutes of 1928, pp. 155-156