Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BRYSON, Joseph Raleigh (1893-1953)

BRYSON, JOSEPH RALEIGH, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Brevard, Transylvania County, N.C., January 18, 1893; moved, with his parents, to Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., in 1900; attended the public schools; was graduated from Furman University, Greenville, S.C., in 1917 and from the law department of the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1920; enlisted on September 28, 1915, as a private in Company A, First Infantry, South Carolina National Guard, and served until discharged on August 9, 1916; reenlisted on August 3, 1917, in the Medical Reserve Corps, being discharged as a second lieutenant of Infantry on December 12, 1918; was admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice in Greenville, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1921-1924; served in the State senate 1929-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., March 10, 1953; interment in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, S.C.

University of South Carolina
South Carolina Political Collections
Columbia, SC
Papers: 1917-1953, 8.75 linear feet.
Collection documents Bryson’s representation of South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District, 1939-1953, including legislative files, speeches, press releases, invitations, and voting records. Personal papers in the collection consist primarily of correspondence with family members and friends. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, as well as official and family photographs. There are also condolence letters received by Mrs. Bryson following Joseph Bryson’s death, as well as memorial speeches delivered on the House floor. Further information and finding aid available at: http://www.sc.edu/library/scpc/bryson.html.


Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the John Jackson McSwain Papers, 1910-1941, approximately 11,820 items.
Other authors include Joseph Raleigh Bryson.


Stanford University
Department of Special Collections and University Archive
Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Elmer E. Robinson Americana, 1765-1950, 1.75 linear feet.
Persons represented include Joseph R. Bryson.


University of Texas at Austin
The Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet.
Persons represented include Joseph R. Bryson.

  • United States. 83d Congress, 1st session, 1953. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1953.