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James Wesley BRYAN

(1874-1956)

BRYAN, James Wesley, a Representative from Washington; born in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, La., March 11, 1874; attended the public schools and Lake Charles College at Lake Charles, La.; was graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Tex., in 1895 and from Yale University in 1897; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice at Lake Charles, La.; moved to Bremerton, Wash., in 1905 and continued the practice of law; city attorney in 1907, 1908, and again in 1911; member of the State senate 1908-1912; elected as a Progressive to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; owned and published the Navy Yard American from 1915 to 1917; resumed the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of Kitsap County 1926-1930; president of the Bremerton Port Commission 1933-1936; practiced law in Bremerton, Wash., until his death there on August 26, 1956; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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