|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Mississippi's 2nd district
July 5, 1898 –March 3, 1911
|Preceded by||William V. Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Hubert D. Stephens|
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives|
|Born||October 25, 1841|
near Ripley, Mississippi
|Died||January 5, 1924 82)(aged|
|Occupation||Lawyer, schoolteacher, newspaper owner|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
Thomas Spight (October 25, 1841 – January 5, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
William V. Sullivan
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district
Hubert D. Stephens