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Thomas Spight

Born: Oct 25, 1841

Death: Jan 5, 1924

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Thomas Spight

Date of Birth : Oct 25, 1841
Date of Death : Jan 5, 1924
Birth Place : United States of America

Thomas Spight was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi. Born near Ripley, Mississippi, Spight attended the common schools, Ripley Academy, Purdy College, and the La Grange Synodical College. Enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private in 1861. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant the same year. In 1862 became captain of Company B, Thirty-fourth Regiment, Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He taught school and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Ripley, Mississippi. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1874-1880. He established the Southern Sentinel in 1879, retiring from the newspaper business five years later. He served as prosecuting attorney of the third judicial district 1884-1892. Spight was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William V. Sullivan. He was reelected to the Fifty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from July 5, 1898, to March 3, 1911. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910.

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