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Nathan Philemon Bryan

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Nathan Philemon Bryan (April 23, 1872 – August 8, 1935) was a United States Senator from Florida and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Nathan Philemon Bryan
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
April 23, 1920 – August 8, 1935
Appointed byWoodrow Wilson
Preceded byRobert Lynn Batts
Succeeded byEdwin R. Holmes
United States Senator
from Florida
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byJames Taliaferro
Succeeded byPark Trammell
Personal details
Born
Nathan Philemon Bryan

(1872-04-23)April 23, 1872
Fort Mason, Florida
DiedAugust 8, 1935(1935-08-08) (aged 63)
Jacksonville, Florida
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery
Jacksonville, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesWilliam James Bryan
EducationEmory College (A.B.)
Washington and Lee University
School of Law
(LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born on April 23, 1872, in Fort Mason, Orange County (now Lake County), Florida,[1] Bryan attended the common schools.[2] He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1893 from Emory College and a Bachelor of Laws in 1895 from Washington and Lee University School of Law.[1] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Jacksonville, Florida from 1893 to 1911.[1] He was Chairman of the Board of Control of the Florida State institutions of higher education from 1905 to 1909.[2]

Congressional serviceEdit

Bryan was appointed by the Governor of Florida on February 22, 1911, the Florida State 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.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916.[2] He was Chairman of the Committee on Claims for the 63rd and 64th United States Congresses.[2] He returned to private practice in Jacksonville from 1917 to 1920.[2] He declined appointment as Governor General of the Philippine Islands by President Wilson in 1917.[2] He was a trustee of Emory University.[2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Bryan was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson on April 23, 1920, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated by Judge Robert Lynn Batts.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 23, 1920, and received his commission the same day.[1] He was a member of the Conference of Senior Circuit Judges (now the Judicial Conference of the United States) from 1930 to 1934.[1] His service terminated on August 8, 1935,[1] due to his death in Jacksonville.[2] He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.[2]

FamilyEdit

Bryan's brother was William James Bryan, also a United States Senator from Florida.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nathan Philemon Bryan at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k United States Congress. "Nathan Philemon Bryan (id: B000992)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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