John Morgan Bright (1817-1911) of Fayetteville, Tenn. began his career as a lawyer. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1847-1848. During the Civil War, he served as a Confederate general for Governor Isham G. Harris. From 1871-1881 he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from Tennessee, after which he returned to his law practice.
From the guide to the John M. Bright Papers, ., 1854-1911, (bulk 1871-1881), (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)
Lawyer, Confederate officer, and Democratic U.S. representative from Tennessee, of Fayetteville, Tenn.
From the description of John M. Bright papers, 1854-1911 (bulk 1871-1881) [manuscript]. WorldCat record id: 23959333