Jim Wright, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, passed away Thursday at the age of 92.
A native of Weatherford, Wright graduated from Weatherford College in 1941 and was voted WC Alumnus of the Year in 1972.
After flying combat missions and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II, he returned to Weatherford to become the youngest mayor in Texas history at the age of 26.
Elected to Congress at 31, he served 18 consecutive terms and authored major legislation in the fields of foreign affairs, economic development, education and energy. He served 10 years as majority leader before becoming speaker in 1987.
Wright helped President Jimmy Carter achieve the historic peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. He was also the principal advocate in Congress for an energy policy to reduce the United States’ dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
There is a WC Foundation scholarship in Speaker Wright’s honor, earmarked for social science students.