Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Luke Edward Wright, 1846-1922

Marker ID: THC 4E 60
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, Jefferson Street
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


A Confederate officer who was cited for gallantry, he held the office of attorney-general for Shelby County. Wright also served as the first governor-general of the Philippines and as the first official U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and under President Theodore Roosevelt, as secretary of war. He died in his house which stood here. The original, circa 1840, carriage house was restored in 1975.