William Wright (1865-1938): Owner of the Sherbrooke House and the New Sherbrooke Hotel

By Gérard Coté (LAHMS) and Jean-Marie Dubois (Université de Sherbrooke)
Staff Writer

In 1955, a Sherbrooke street is named after an important local hotel owner at the beginning of the 20th century. William George Wright was born in Lévis, October 19, 1865. He was the son of Elizabeth Wright and George W. Wright, a sergeant in H. M. 17th Regiment of Foot. Elizabeth had likely married him in England around 1864 and they came to Canada at the beginning of 1865. William went to school in Lévis and later in the City of Québec. Among other courses, he studied French. In 1882, he worked as an office clerk for a Lévis grocery store and then in the City of Québec in the timber industry. In 1891, he moved to Montreal and was a travelling merchant in Eastern Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. While looking for work, William came to Sherbrooke in 1896 and lived on former Goodhue Street, where the federal building now stands. See full story in the Friday, Jan. 12th edition of The Record.