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James Bright MORGAN

(1833-1892)

MORGAN, James Bright, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tenn., March 14, 1833; moved with his parents to De Soto County, Miss., in 1840 and settled in Hernando; received an academic education; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Hernando, Miss.; elected probate judge of De Soto County and served from 1857 until 1861, when he resigned; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private; was promoted to the rank of captain, and elected a major of the Twenty-ninth Mississippi Infantry; later became lieutenant colonel and colonel, and served until the close of the war; resumed the practice of law; again elected probate judge of De Soto County; member of the State senate 1876-1878; delegate to all State conventions 1876-1890; chancellor of the third chancery district 1878-1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); resumed the practice of law; died near Horn Lake, Miss., June 18, 1892; interment in Baptist Cemetery, Hernando, Miss.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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