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Wright and his wife Mary had eight children, four of which survived to adulthood. His love of children was quite possibly what led him to his chosen profession–a social worker at the New York Juvenile Asylum. In 1867, he was made the Western Agent in Chicago and was in charge of the children as they were sent westward on the “Orphan Train.” After the Great Chicago Fire, Wright and his family relocated to Normal. There he served as the chief “placing out” agent and was assisted by other agents, including his son. Wright was proud that the NY Juvenile Asylum was the only “child saving” institution that maintained an agency in the West.