Bryan, Lewis Randolph, Sr. (1858–1938)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: January 29, 2016

Lewis Randolph Bryan, lawyer, son of Cora (Lewis) and Moses Austin Bryan, was born in Brazoria County, Texas, on October 2, 1858. He graduated from Baylor University in 1877, took a law degree in 1880, was admitted to the bar on April 9 of that year, and established his practice in Angleton. After the Galveston hurricane of 1900 he moved to Houston. He became president of the state bar association on July 3, 1902, and was president of the Houston Bar Association in 1911. He married Martha J. Shepard on October 15, 1891; they had three children. Austin College conferred an honorary doctorate on Bryan in 1925. He died on February 11, 1938.

Houston Post, February 12, 1938. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.

  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Lawyers
  • General Law
Time Periods:
  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Progressive Era
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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January 29, 2016

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