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William John Bryan

W.J. Bryan
Full Name: William John Bryan
Birth date: September 28, 1859
Death date: August 26, 1948

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 32nd (5) & 31st (2) (6) Legislatures
    1/12/1909 - 1/14/1913
    Democrat
  • House, 30th Legislature
    1/8/1907 - 1/12/1909
    Democrat
  • House, 29th (1) (3) (4) (7) Legislature
    1/10/1905 - 1/8/1907
    Democrat
  • House, 28th Legislature
    1/13/1903 - 1/10/1905
    Democrat
  • House, 27th Legislature
    1/8/1901 - 1/13/1903
    Democrat
(1) 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.
(2) Democrat; roster of members of the 31st Legislature with biographical and party information. "Year Book 1909," Number 13, May-June 1910, pp. 408-415. Bulletin (Texas Department of Agriculture) 1910.
(3) District 42 represented by W.J. Bryan, p. 2. House Journal .
(4) District 103 represented by W. John Bryan, p. 298. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(5) 32nd Legislature - 1/10/1911, p. 1, listed in Roll Call with "holdover Senators." Senate Journal .
(6) 31st Legislature - 1/12/1909, pp. 1-2, listed in Roll Call as "Senator-elect." Senate Journal .
(7) District 101 represented by W. J., p. 64. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources

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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 .
  • "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 .
  • 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.

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