Wright, Carroll Davidson, 1840–1909, American statistician, b. Dunbarton, N.H. His varied experience included a term (1872–73) in the Massachusetts senate. As U.S. commissioner of labor he organized the Bureau of Labor Statistics and stimulated objective research on labor problems. From 1902 until his death he was president of Clark College at Worcester, Mass. His books include The Industrial Evolution of the United States (1887) and Battles of Labor (1906).
See J. Leiby, Carroll Wright and Labor Reform: The Origin of Labor Statistics (1960).
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