William Polk WRIGHT (1903-1959)

House, 68th General Assembly, 1933-35; representing Roane County; Republican. Born at Rockwood, Roane County, Jan. 26, 1903; son of Timothy Asbury and Maude Kendrick (TARWATER) WRIGHT. Attended Ashville School, Ashville, N.C., 1917-1920; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County, 1920-24, graduating with A.B. degree; studied law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, receiving LL.B. degree in 1926. Married at Washington, D.C., July 12, 1942, to Alice Irene EVANS, daughter of John C. and Dixie (EBLEN) EVANS, of Harriman, Roane County; one son--Jim Tarwater. Practiced law from 1926 to end of life; lived at Rockwood until 1946 by which time he was living in Knoxville and was attorney for the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Oak Ridge, Anderson and Roane counties. County attorney for Roane County, 1938; legal advisor to the U.S. Treasury Dept. during World War II. Member Christian Church; Sons of Cincinnati; Sons of the American Revolution; Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity; Cherokee County Club. Died at Knoxville Apr. 16, 1959; buried Highland Memorial Gardens.

Sources: Information supplied by self, Feb. 24, 1958; Knoxville Journal, Apr. 18, 1959; Rockwood Times, Apr. 23, 1959; Tenn. Public Acts, 1933; Knoxville City Directory, 1941-1946.

From Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.