John Morgan Bright

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John Morgan Bright
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United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th

5th district

In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1881
Personal details
Born (1817-01-20)January 20, 1817
Fayetteville, Tennessee
Died October 3, 1911(1911-10-03) (aged 94)
Fayetteville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Judith C. Clark Bright

Zerilda B Buckner Bright

Isabella Buckner Bright

Children James Clark Bright

Golding Bright

W. C. Bright

Robert Lucius Bright

John Morgan Bright

Anna Mary Bright

Susan Catherine Bright

Judith Margaret Bright

Becham Bright

Anthoney Buckner Bright

David Mitchel Bright

Mathew M Bright

Samuel Bright

Alma mater Nashville University

Transylvania University

Profession lawyer

politician

Religion Presbyterian

John Morgan Bright (January 20, 1817 – October 3, 1911) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.

Biography[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Career[edit]

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.

During the Civil War, he was Inspector General of Tennessee, with the rank of Brigadier General, and served on the staff of Governor Isham G. Harris from 1861 to 1865.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Death[edit]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Who's Who In Tennessee (1911). Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Morgan Bright". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

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