John Morgan Bright
|John Morgan Bright|
|United States Representative|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1881
January 20, 1817|
|Died||October 3, 1911
|Spouse(s)||Judith C. Clark Bright
Zerilda B Buckner Bright
Isabella Buckner Bright
|Children||James Clark Bright
W. C. Bright
Robert Lucius Bright
John Morgan Bright
Anna Mary Bright
Susan Catherine Bright
Judith Margaret Bright
Anthoney Buckner Bright
David Mitchel Bright
Mathew M Bright
|Alma mater||Nashville University|
Born in Fayetteville, Tennessee, Bright was the son of James and Nancy Morgan Bright. He attended the schools of Fayetteville and Bingham's School in Hillsboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Nashville University in September 1839. In March 1841 he graduated from the law department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky.
Bright first married Judith C. Clark and they had nine children, James Clark Bright, Golding Bright, W. C. Bright, Robert Lucius Bright, John Morgan Bright, Anna Mary Bright, Susan Catherine Bright, Judith Margaret Bright, and Becham Bright. He next married Zerilda B Buckner and they had four children, Anthoney Buckner Bright, David Mitchel Bright, Mathew M Bright, and Samuel Bright. His third marriage was to Isabella Buckner.
Upon being admitted to the bar in 1841, Bright began his law practice in Fayetteville. He also served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1847 and 1848. While in the Legislature he introduced and passed the bill providing for the construction of Tenn., Asylum for the Insane.
Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second for the fourth district of Tennessee, Bright was re-elected to the four succeeding Congresses. The re-districting for the 44th Congress changed his representation to the fifth district. He served from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1881. His first speech in the U. S. House of Representatives was against the Ku-Klux Bill. He served as chairman of the Committee on Claims (Forty-fourth through Forty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Forty-fourth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress.
After leaving politics, Bright resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville.
Bright died in Fayetteville on October 3, 1911 at the age of 94 years and 256 days. He is interred at the Presbyterian Churchyard, Fayetteville, Tennessee.
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