PHOTOS: Remembering former Topeka Mayor Chuck Wright

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Charles Wright, (March, 27, 1963, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Chuck Wright (Jan. 6, 1965, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Charles W. Wright Jr. (April 13, 1965, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Mayor Charles W. Wright Jr. accepted the City Commission gavel from retiring Mayor Hal W. Gerlach as the latter finished his two-year term in office. Gerlach got a new gavel as a going-away present in final ceremonies. Wright called for close commission cooperation in his first official speech. (April 13, 1965, file photograph/Jack Kenward/The Capital-Journal)

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Mayor Charles W. Wright Jr. (April 14, 1965, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Charles W. Wright Jr. (July 2, 1965, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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From left, ABC news correspondent Peggy Smeeton, United Press International White House correspondent Helen Thomas, President Lyndon Johnson and Topeka Mayor Chuck Wright view an aerial photograph of tornado damage in Topeka after the June 8, 1966, tornado. Wright was in Washington, D.C., to ask for federal assistance in rebuilding the city and Washburn University. (Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Library)

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Well-wishers from a crowd of about 300 persons gathered around Mayor Charles W. Wright Jr. at a rally at Ramada Inn where he announced he will seek re-election to a second two-year term. The city primary is March 14. The general election is April 4. (Jan. 11, 1967, file photograph/Rod Hanna/The Capital-Journal)

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It will be back to work for Mayor Charles W. Wright and the City Commission, returned to office Tuesday by Topeka voters in light balloting. Still clutching his "lucky marble," Wright spent a couple of hours Tuesday night at his campaign headquarters, toasting his victory over L.V. (Tommy) Thompson with soda pop and ice cream bars. Today, the mayor will open a special public hearing on CATV franchises. (April 5, 1967, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Mayor Charles Wright (April 22, 1967, file photograph/Delmar Schmidt/The Capital-Journal)

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At a public meeting at Roosevelt Junior High School, Mayor Charles W. Wright, left, and Dr. Ray D. Baker, city-county health officer, teamed to answer a question from the audience about the city's minimum housing code inspections. (May 4, 1967, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Spring has come to Tulsa's downtown mall, its trees and shrubs lending an air of pleasant coolness to the business area. Bud Blust (center), executive director of Downtown Unlimited of Tulsa, conducted Al Higgins (left), executive vice president of downtown Topeka, and mayor Charles Wright (right) of Topeka along a principal thoroughfare. The Topekans were members of a delegation that visited the Oklahoma city to see the mall and inquire into operation of perimeter parking lots by the downtown organization through use of free shuttle buses, one of which is shown in the background. (May 24, 1967, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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With his eyes shaded from television lights by dark glasses, Mayor Charles Wright listened impassively as fellow commissioners voted for a public hearing April 16 on the cable television ordinance. (March 26, 1968, file photograph/Mark Godfrey/The Capital-Journal)

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Suggesting the Citizens Advisory Committee be dissolved by the City Commission, Mayor Charles Wright said the group should not depend on guidance from the city fathers in proposing solutions to local civic problems. (May 14, 1968, file photograph/Mark Godfrey/The Capital-Journal)

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Mayor Charles Wright (July 22, 1968, file photograph/John Fulton/The Capital-Journal)

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While other Topekans watch the colorful Orange Bowl parade in Miami Tuesday night from comfortable grandstand seats, Mayor Charles Wright moved down along the parade route to get his own camera record of the pageant. (Jan. 2, 1969, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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While four of Topeka's city commissioners met with the Shawnee County legislative delegation Thursday afternoon in the Statehouse, Mayor Charles W. Wright propped up his feet and puffed his pipe in the meeting room. Wright sat at the opposite end of the room from the rest of the commissioners, who were explaining Topeka's financial needs. (Feb. 7, 1969, file photograph/Bern Ketchum/The Capital-Journal)

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Gene Martin, Topeka's newest mayor, waited with poised pen while present Mayor Charles W. Wright briefed him on intricacies of the job. Wright and Martin met with heads of departments appointed by the mayor in 20-minute sessions. (April 3, 1969, file photograph/Dave Harvey/The Capital-Journal)

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Charles Wright, (Sept. 11, 1970, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Charles W. Wright Jr. (Feb. 9, 1973, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Charles W. Wright and his wife Alice Claire put the finishing touches on one of several hundred Scotch pines they planned to sell as Christmas trees. The Wrights grew the trees -- 5,000 of them planted -- as a sideline on their Edgewood Tree Farm near Lecompton. (July 6, 1979, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Former Topeka Mayor Chuck Wright, who lives near Lecompton, pointed out a broken television set in an illegal dump area, one-fifth mile east of the Shawnee County-Douglas County line on 2nd Street (River Road). Wright alleges much of the illegal dumping on the otherwise scenic route is done by Shawnee Countians who don't subscribe to trash pickup services. (April 21, 1990, file photograph/Paul Beaver/The Capital-Journal)

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Chuck Wright (June 9, 1991, file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Chuck Wright, mayor when the tornado struck Topeka, stands at the base of a memorial to those who died in the storm. This photo ran with stories published by The Topeka Capital-Journal in 1996 to mark the 30th anniversary of the tornado. (1996 file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

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Former Mayor Charles "Chuck" Wright reflects on his time as mayor during and after the June 8, 1966 tornado; one of the costliest tornadoes in United States history. (June 8, 2013 file photograph/Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

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Chuck Wright, who was the mayor of Topeka during the 1966 tornado, listens to people congratulate him at McCrites' Plaza, after receiving the Legion of Honor award from the Kiwanis Club for his 60 years of membership. Wright was given a plaque and medal for his many contributions to the club and to the community. (Jan. 26, 2016 file photograph/Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

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Former Topeka Mayor Chuck Wright talks about the devastation Topeka suffered at the hands of the tornado and his efforts to rebuild the city. (2016 file photograph/Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

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Chuck Wright attends a presentation in June 2016 by Bill Kurtis based on the 1966 tornado that made it's path across Topeka. (2016 file photograph/Rex Wolf/The Capital-Journal)


Former Topeka Mayor Chuck Wright has died. He was 97. Wright is best remembered as the presiding mayor when the June 8, 1966, tornado hit the capital city. 

Pictured is a gallery of photos of Wright throughout the years that we compiled from our archives. 

Read more on Wright here.

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