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Frederick van Pelt Bryan (April 27, 1904 – April 17, 1978) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Frederick van Pelt Bryan
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
April 1, 1972 – April 17, 1978
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
June 19, 1956 – April 1, 1972
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byWilliam Bondy
Succeeded byRobert Joseph Ward
Personal details
Born
Frederick van Pelt Bryan

(1904-04-27)April 27, 1904
Brooklyn, New York
DiedApril 17, 1978(1978-04-17) (aged 73)
New York City, New York
EducationColumbia University (A.B.)
Columbia Law School (LL.B.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bryan received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Columbia University in 1925 and a Bachelor of Laws from Columbia Law School in 1928. He was in private practice in New York City from 1928 to 1933. He was an assistant corporation counsel in New York City from 1933 to 1937, and a first assistant corporation counsel from 1938 to 1942. He served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1942 to 1946; thereafter returning to private practice in New York City from 1946 to 1956. He was a member of the Temporary State Commission to Study the Organizational Structure of the Government of the City of New York from 1953 to 1954, and was counsel to the Temporary Commission on the Courts of the State of New York from 1954 to 1956.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On May 18, 1956, Bryan was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Judge William Bondy. Bryan was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 1956, and received his commission on June 19, 1956. He assumed senior status on April 1, 1972, serving in that capacity until his death on April 17, 1978, in New York City.[1]

Notable caseEdit

Bryan authored the opinion holding that D.H.Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover was not obscene, based on its "redeeming social or literary value", introducing a standard henceforth upheld by the Supreme Court.[2]

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