Lloyd Bryce

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Lloyd Stephens Bryce (September 4, 1851 -– April 2, 1917) was a U.S. Representative from New York and prominent magazine editor.

Life and career[edit]

His father, Joseph Smith Bryce, graduated third in his class from West Point in 1829. (Robert E. Lee was second). J. S. Bryce was a Union Army Major in the Civil War, engaged in the defense of Washington D. C.

Llyod Bryce was born in Flushing, New York on September 4, 1851. He attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and graduated from Oxford University, England with bachelor's and master's degrees. Bryce also studied at Columbia Law School.

Bryce was an avid sports enthusiast, and wrote that sports were capable both of quelling revolutionary thought among the poor and promoting understanding between nations. He was a frequent participant in polo matches in Newport, Rhode Island and Manhattan and fox hunts on Long Island.

Bryce, a Democrat, became interested in politics. In 1886 Governor David B. Hill appointed him to the governor's staff as Paymaster General of the militia with the rank of Brigadier General, a largely ceremonial position. Afterwards he was known as General Bryce.

Bryce was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress.

His friend C. Allen Thorndike Rice, the editor and owner of the North American Review, died unexpectedly in 1889 and left the magazine to Bryce in his will. Bryce was the owner and editor from 1889 to 1896.

Influenced by his experience in Congress he wrote an early "Yellow Peril" story, called Dream of Conquest for the June 1889 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. His other published works include: Paradise: A Novel (1888); Romance of an Alter Ego (1889); Friends in Exile (1893); and Lady Blanche's Salon (1899).

He was appointed Minister to the Netherlands on August 12, 1911, and he served until September 10, 1913.

Family[edit]

In 1879 he married Edith Cooper, the only child of New York City Mayor Edward Cooper, and granddaughter of the famous industrialist Peter Cooper.

In 1914 his daughter Cornelia married conservationist Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the United States Forest Service under Theodore Roosevelt.

Death and burial[edit]

He died in Mineola, New York, April 2, 1917, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

References[edit]

James Terry White, The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 1, 1898, page 252

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Adams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

1887 - 1889
Succeeded by
Edward J. Dunphy

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.