Abner M. Wright

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Abner M. Wright
Occupation President - 1887
Employer Chicago Board of Trade
Location Chicago

The late Abner M. Wright was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and served as its president in 1887.[1]


Wright was president of the Chicago Board of Trade during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He fought against gambling interests that were in business with telegraph companies. In one instance, Wright "forcibly removed the instruments of the Postal Telegraph Company and the Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph Company from the floor of the exchange, literally throwing their equipment out of the building."[2][3]

Wright was a Republican candidate for Mayor of Chicago and was defeated by Carter Harrison.[4]



  1. Annual Report of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Volume 57. Google Books.
  2. Partners in Crime: The Telegraph Industry, Finance Capitalism, andOrganized Gambling, 1870-1920. Academia.edu.
  3. “Where the Common People Could Speculate”: The Ticker, Bucket Shops, and the Origins of Popular Participation in Financial Markets, 1880–1920. The Journal of American History.
  4. The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise. Google Books.