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Jim Wright, Former Speaker of the House, Dies at 92

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Former House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who served more than three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Wednesday morning at the age of 92, NBC News has learned.

The World War II veteran and author, often praised for his eloquence and oratorical skills, was living in a Fort Worth nursing home and battling a lengthy illness when he died. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Born James Claud Wright Jr on Dec. 22, 1922, Wright and his siblings, whose father was a professional boxer-turned-tailor, lived in several cities in Oklahoma and Texas during their formative years. Wright would go on to graduate from Dallas' Adamson High School in Oak Cliff in 1939 before heading back to Fort Worth.

After graduation he would earn a two-year degree from Weatherford College. He transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, but after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 he dropped out to join the U.S. Army Air Forces. Wright would become a decorated bombardier, earning the Merit of Legion and Distinguished Flying Cross for combat missions flown over the South Pacific.

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