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BRYAN, Nathan Philemon (1872-1935)
Senate Years of Service: 1911-1917

BRYAN, NATHAN PHILEMON, (brother of William James Bryan), a Senator from Florida; born near Fort Mason, Orange (now Lake) County, Fla., April 23, 1872; attended the common schools; graduated from Emory College, Oxford, Ga. (now Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.), in 1893 and from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1895; admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Jacksonville, Fla.; chairman of the board of control of the Florida State institutions of higher education 1905-1909; appointed on February 22, 1911, the legislature having failed to elect, and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1911, to March 3, 1917; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916; chairman, Committee on Claims (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); resumed the practice of law; declined the appointment as Governor General of the Philippine Islands by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917; trustee of Emory University; judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals of the Fifth Judicial Circuit from April 1920 until his death in Jacksonville, Fla., on August 8, 1935; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Papers: 1906. 1 printed speech. Also photograph.

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (5th Circuit). Memorial Proceedings for Judge Nathan P. Bryan. New Orleans: E.S. Upton Printing Co., 1935.