Elizabeth Caramossi Wright was born in Harford, Connecticut on November 14, 1876. She attended Hartford Public High School from 1890-1894, and went on to attend college at Wesleyan University. After graduating from Wesleyan in 1897, Wright became the Assistant Principal at Portland High School in Connecticut from 1898-1899, and then taught at Hartford Public High School from 1899-1913. In 1909, Wesleyan closed its doors to women, leaving Connecticut women with no option for a liberal arts education. In response, Wright and the Hartford College Club, a society for college-educated women, started a campaign for the creation of a women’s college in Connecticut. In 1910, she joined efforts with Colin Buell, principal of the Williams Memorial Institute in New London, Connecticut. Together they worked to secure funding for the school, with Wright serving as the Chairperson of the founding committee on Connecticut College.
On October 9, 1915, the Connecticut College for Women officially opened. Wright held a number of administrative positions in the early days of the college, serving as Secretary and Registrar until 1918. In 1915, Wright became the College’s first bursar, and served with her sister Mary Wright as the Assistant Bursar until 1943. Wright also held the position on Assistant Treasurer from 1928-1943. Upon her retirement Wright was conferred the title of Bursar Emeritus. Elizabeth Wright died on February 15, 1963.
October 1943 Biographical packet, Folder 4, Box 2, Elizabeth Wright Papers. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.
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