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W.J. Bryan William John Bryan
Full Name: William John Bryan
Date of birth: September 28, 1859
Date of death: August 26, 1948

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 28 Jan 12, 1909 - Jan 14, 1913 32nd (1)   31st (2)   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Andrews, Borden, Callahan, Crane, Dawson, Eastland, Ector, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Kent, Loving, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Terry, Upton, Ward, Winkler, Yoakum
H 103 Jan 8, 1907 - Jan 12, 1909 30th   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Callahan, Jones, Taylor
H 103 Jan 10, 1905 - Jan 8, 1907 29th (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Callahan, Jones, Taylor
H 103 Jan 13, 1903 - Jan 10, 1905 28th   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Callahan, Jones, Taylor
H 107 Jan 8, 1901 - Jan 13, 1903 27th   Democrat Abilene / Taylor   Callahan, Jones, Shackelford, Taylor
(1) 32nd Legislature - 1/10/1911, p. 1, listed in Roll Call with "holdover Senators." Senate Journal.
(2) 31st Legislature - 1/12/1909, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call as "Senator-elect." Senate Journal.
(3) District 42 comprised of Limestone county; District 101 comprised of Loving, Winkler, Ward, Crane, Upton, Ector, Midland, Glasscock, Andrews, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Fisher, Scurry, Borden, Dawson, Gaines, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Kent, Crosby, Lubbock, Hockley, and Cochran counties; District 103 comprised of Jones, Taylor, and Callahan counties, pp. 34, 37, Acts of 1901, 27th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 8, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(4) District 42 represented by W.J. Bryan, p. 2. House Journal.
(5) District 103 represented by W. John Bryan, p. 298. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) District 101 represented by W. J., p. 64. Texas Legislative Manual.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Other Resources
  • "Mrs. Bryan, pioneer of Abilene, dies," 7/22/1948, p. 1; "Funeral set for Mrs. Bryan," 7/22/1948, p. 43. Martha Chaplain Dashielle (Mrs. W.J. Bryan), born 6/17/1881, married 5/31/1892. Legislative service of husband, "colorful and early-day legislator." Abilene Reporter-News.
  • Obituaries/editorial - "Senator W.J. Bryan, pioneer cattleman of T-Diamond Ranch fame, dies at home," 8/27/1948, pp. 1, 3; "W.J. Bryan dies; rites set Saturday," 8/27/1948, p. 1, 13; "Goodbye, oldtimer," 8/29/1948, Society, Editorial, Features, p. 18. Abilene Reporter-News.
  • "John Bryan of Abilene tallest State Senator," 1/27/1911, p. 4. "The tallest man in the senate, as well as the narrowest and of the smallest circumference, diameter, is W. John Bryan, senator from the 28th district..." Abilene Semi-Weekly Reporter, .
  • Provided by Hardin-Simmons University Richardson Library, Abilene, Texas. Confirms birth date 9/28/1859, death date 8/26/1948, and includes copies of obituary. The Life Story of William John Bryan 1859-1948, 1973.
  • "Early-day rancher claimed at Abilene," 8/27/1948, p. 7. Lubbock Evening Journal.
  • Discusses State Senate campaign of 1908 between Royston Campbell Crane and W. John Bryan (Abilene, Taylor County), pp. 41-44. R.C. Crane and the Promotion of West Texas, 1996.
  • 32nd Legislature (1911) - W.J. Bryan, Abilene, Taylor County, nativity Texas, Stockman, Democrat, age 48. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.J. Bryan, 27th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Bryan, 28th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Bryan, 29th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Bryan, 30th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Bryan, 31st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.J. Bryan, 32nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 31st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, east wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 32nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, east wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 27th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 28th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 29th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 30th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    32nd R.S. - 1911
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Insurance, Statistics and History  
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor  
    Military Affairs  
    Mining and Irrigation  
    Picture of Senate of the 32nd Legislature, Special  
    Senatorial Districts  
    State Asylums (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    31st R.S. - 1909
    Contingent Expenses  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Educational Affairs  
    Internal Improvements  
    Public Debt, Claims and Accounts  
    Public Health (Vice Chair) 
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Public Printing  
    State Affairs  
    State Asylums (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    Treasurer's and Comptroller's Departments  
    30th R.S. - 1907
    Appropriations  
    Counties  
    David Crockett Painting  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Rules  
    State Affairs (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    29th R.S. - 1905
    Appropriations Subcommitttee on the Epileptic Colony at Abilene  
    Beef Trust, Investigate (Chair) 
    Counties  
    Election Law Enrollment, Investigate, Special  
    Public Lands and Land Office (Chair) 
    Revenue and Taxation  
    State Affairs  
    State Asylums  
    28th R.S. - 1903
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    State Asylums  
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    27th R.S. - 1901
    Agricultural and Mechanical College and Prairie View Normal and Industrial College  
    Asylums  
    Blind Asylum  
    Congressional Districts  
    Irrigation  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Sam Houston Normal Institute  
    Waters-Pierce Oil Company, Investigate  
     

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