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

March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1875
Lewis Tillman
Samuel M. Fite
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district

March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1881
Horace Harrison
Richard Warner
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives

Personal details
Born(1817-01-20)January 20, 1817
Fayetteville, Tennessee
DiedOctober 2, 1911(1911-10-02) (aged 94)
Fayetteville, Tennessee
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Judith C. Clark Bright

Zerilda B Buckner Bright

Isabella Buckner Bright
ChildrenJames 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 materNashville University Transylvania University
Professionlawyer politician

John Morgan Bright (January 20, 1817 - October 2, 1911) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.


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 Samual A.Bright. He next married Zerilda B Buckner and they had four children, Anthoney Buckner Bright, David Mitchel Bright, Becham Bright and Mathew M Bright. His third marriage was to Isabella Buckner.[2]


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.


Bright died in Fayetteville on October 2, 1911 at the age of 94 years and 256 days. He is interred at the Presbyterian Churchyard, Fayetteville, Tennessee.[5][6]


  1. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Who's Who In Tennessee (1911). Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "John Morgan Bright". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "John Morgan Bright". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1958; Roll Number: 18

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lewis Tillman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Samuel M. Fite
Preceded by
Horace Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1881
Succeeded by
Richard Warner

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



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