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Guy Morrison Bryan Guy Morrison Bryan
Full Name: Guy Morrison Bryan
Date of birth: January 12, 1821
Date of death: June 4, 1901

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 64 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H 64 May 2, 1888 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (2)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H 35 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
H 12 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (3) (4)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston Speaker   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
S 24 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (5) (6)   5th (7) (8) (9) (10)     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria Senate President Pro Tempore (5th)   Brazoria, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Wharton
H 35 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria
H 27 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria, Fort Bend
H Brazoria Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (11)     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Guy M. Bryan, sworn 5/2/1888, succeeded Benjamin R. Plumley, died 12/9/1887. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Home post office - Galveston; home county - Galveston; Democrat. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(4) "News' telegrams, from Austin: organization of both houses..." Wednesday, 1/14/1874, p. 1. Description of opening day of 14th Legislature, Regular Session, and election of Guy M. Bryan as Speaker. Galveston Daily News.
(5) 6th Legislature - 11/5/1855, p. 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(6) 6th Legislature - Listed in the "19 members of the Senate [who] retained their seats from the 5th Legislature," p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(7) 5th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President Pro Tem 2/9/1854, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(8) 5th Legislature - Listed in Senate election returns for State election, 1853 - "So far as heard from, the following are the members elected to the Senate . . . of the Fifth Legislature." Texas State Gazette, 8/20/1853, p. 3. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(9) Democrat - Listed as delegate to Democratic State Convention in Austin, 1/9/1854. Tri-Weekly State Times, 1/17/1854. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(10) 5th Legislature - 11/7/1853, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(11) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 27th Legislature, 1st C.S., 8/16/1901, p. 72. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch. American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989.
  • BRYAN, Guy Morrison (1821-1901). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • BRYAN, GUY MORRISON (1821-1901). "Bryan moved to Galveston in 1860 and operated ranches in Galveston and Brazoria counties." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch, Lone Star Junction, 1995.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • 23rd Speaker of the House of Representatives: Guy Morrison Bryan. Photo and biographical sketch. Nephew of Stephen F. Austin. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 261-262. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 243. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Bryan, Guy Morrison. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 36-40. Year Book for Texas, 1901, 1902.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texas Army, Texas Revolution; Texas Volunteers; Confederate States Army, Major. " . . . joined the Texas Army at San Jacinto in 1836; . . . served as a private in the Brazoria company, under the command of Captain Ballowe, during the Mexican War with the Texas Volunteers on the eastern bank of the Rio Grande; . . . during the Civil War served as volunteer aide-de-camp on the staff of General Herbert and afterwards as assistant adjutant general, with the rank of major, of the trans-Mississippi Department . . . " Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • Texas Army, Texas Revolution. "Bryan accompanied his mother on the Runaway Scrape and after her return home visited the battlefield at San Jacinto and enlisted in the Texas army as orderly for Alexander Somervell."
    Confederate States Army, "During the Civil War, early in 1862, Jefferson Davis sent Bryan to visit the governors of the Trans-Mississippi Department to reconcile the clash between civil and military authorities. When Bryan requested active field duty in May 1863, General Edmund Kirby Smith made him confidential adjutant general." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Revolution. "At the time of his death he was president of the Texas Veteran Association, the remnant of that band of heroes that freed Texas from Mexican domination and planted a young republic in the West." 27th Legislature, 1st C.S., 8/16/1901, p. 72. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Private, Brazoria company under General Zachary Taylor (1846). Confederate States Army, Major on staff of Gen. Holmes, and later Colonel on staff of Gen. E. Kirby Smith. Biographical sketch, p. 84. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Guy Morrison Bryan. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Other Resources
  • Guy Morrison Bryan was a Democrat. Card File.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Guy Morrison Bryan, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. Guy Morrison Bryan, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Guy Morrison Bryan, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 20th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Acoustics (Chair) 
    Commerce and Manufacture  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Insurance, Statistics and History (Chair) 
    Public Health and Vital Statistics  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Water Supply  
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Capitol Dedication Arrangements  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
    Federal Relations  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Buildings and Grounds  
    Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
    Revised Civil Code, Select  
    Sale of University Lands, Select  
    Towns and City Corporations  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Claims and Accounts  
    Education (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Public Buildings (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Buildings (Chair) 
    Treasury Building  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Enrolled Bills  
    Finance (Chair) 
    Land Titles West of the Nueces, Select  
    Land Titles, Investigation Report of Commissioners William H. Bourland and James B. Miller, Select  
    Rules, Select  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Apportionment, Special  
    Archives of Martin De Leon's Colony (Chair) 
    Education (Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills  
    Federal Relations  
    Governor's Message, Select  
    House Rules and Joint Rules, Select (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Land Office  
    Post Routes, Select  
    Public Debt, Select  
    Quieting Land Titles of the State, Governor's Message  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Jury Fund  

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