Bright Home-312 W. Third Street

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Bright Home-312 W. Third Street


Historic building


This two story brick Old Federal style mansion with Greek Revival cornices was built for Senator Jesse David Bright in 1837. Bright was a controversial politician who expressed pro-slavery sentiments in his political career. He served as Lt. Governor of Indiana from 1843 to1845 and as a United States Senator from 1845 to 1862. His southern sympathies finally led to his downfall as a United States Senator and he was not re-elected to a high office after being ousted from the senate. The home's walls are placed flush with the sidewalk and are one-foot thick brick. Among the unusual and original features of the house are the Anaglypta in the front parlor, the embossed metal ceiling in the upstairs bathroom and the wood paneling under the two front windows. Also of interest is the original fence from a Madison foundry, the hitching post in front of the house and the metal pediment over the entrance. Visitors to this home include John C. Breckinridge, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. The George Wood Family lived in the house for many years and it was called "Brightwood" during that time. Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Smith owned the home during the latter part of the century. The home sold again in November 2003.


Harry Lemen, photographer


Madison Courier; Tri-Kappa Sorority; City Directories


Picture circa 1930's


Madison-Jefferson County Public Library


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Photograph taken with Eastman-Kodak Brownie Camera No. 2C model A, using No. 130 film. Resulting negative (2.875in x 4.875in) scanned at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.


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Harry Lemen, photographer , "Bright Home-312 W. Third Street," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #116, (accessed May 22, 2015).