John Montgomery Wright – Brigadier General, United States Army

Appointed at Large, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1859 to 21 Sept 1861;
Captain, Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, 25 September1861;
Major, Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, 30 Jun 1862
Resigned 16 January 1864



  • Adjutant General of Kentucky: 1875 – 1879
  • Born: February 1839, Madison Barracks, New York
  • Assigned to position: 4 September 1875
  • Served under Governor(s): James B. McCreary
  • Died: 2 January 1915, Washington, D.CBuried: Section 2, Grave 3673, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

The state resort park was named for General William Orlando Butler (1791-1880), soldier, lawyer, poet, farmer, state legislator, and vice-presidential candidate, one of five sons born to Percival and Mildred (Hawkins) Butler. The younger Butler was awarded a gold sword by Congress and a silver sword by the state of Kentucky for his military accomplishments during the Mexican War.

Nelly Butler Ewing, granddaughter of Percival and Eleanor Butler, married John Montgomery Wright, the Kentucky's 15th Adjutant General. Wright later served as Chief Marshal of the U. S. Supreme Court.


NEW YORK, September 18, 1925 – Following a protracted illness,Mrs.Nelly Ewing Wright, the widow of John Montgomery Wright, for many years Marshal of the United States Supreme Court, died yesterday in Westchester, New York, it was leared in this city.  Mrs.Wright is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. W. Hawkins, wife of the business manager of the Scripps-Howard newspapers. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

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