John Morgan Bright

John Morgan Bright ( born January 20, 1817 in Fayetteville, Tennessee; † October 3, 1911 ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1881 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Bright attended the public schools in Fayetteville and the Bingham 's School in Hillsboro (North Carolina). Subsequently, he studied until 1839 at the Nashville University. After a subsequent law degree from Transylvania University in Lexington (Kentucky ) and its made ​​in 1841 admitted to the bar he began in Fayetteville to work in his new profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the years 1847 and 1848 Bright sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. Between 1861 and 1865, ie during the Civil War, he served on the staff of Governor Isham G. Harris. In the congressional elections of 1870 he was in the fourth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Lewis Tillman on March 4, 1871. After four elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1881 five legislative sessions. Since 1875 he represented there as a successor of Horace Harrison the fifth district of his home state. Between 1875 and 1881 Bright was chairman of the committee that dealt with claims to the federal government. He also headed from 1875 to 1877 nor the committee to oversee the expenditure of the Ministry of Finance.

After he was not re-elected in 1880, he had to retire on March 3, 1881 from the Congress. As a result, he practiced as a lawyer again. John Bright died on 3 October 1911 at the age of 94 in his hometown of Fayetteville.