Richard H. Wright, born July 13, 1851, died March 4, 1929.
Per "Durham and Her People," 1951:
Was once associated with the Dukes but sold out in 1885. Travelled all over the world in interest of automatic cigarette machine, of which he was a large owner. Equipped first cigarette factory in China. Returned to Durham and became utility magnate: telephone, electric power, and street car. Established Wright's Refuge and donated to Louisburg College. Founded Wright's Automatic Machinery Company, and pioneered in automatic packing machines.