Charles W. Bryan

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Charles Bryan
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23rd and 30th Mayor of Lincoln
In office
1935–1937
Preceded byFenton Fleming
Succeeded byOren S. Copeland
In office
1915–1917
Preceded byFrank Zehrung
Succeeded byJohn Miller
20th and 23rd Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 8, 1931 – January 3, 1935
LieutenantTheodore Metcalfe
Walter H. Jurgensen
Preceded byArthur J. Weaver
Succeeded byRoy Cochran
In office
January 3, 1923 – January 8, 1925
LieutenantFred Johnson
Preceded bySamuel McKelvie
Succeeded byAdam McMullen
Personal details
BornCharles Wayland Bryan
(1867-02-10)February 10, 1867
Salem, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 4, 1945(1945-03-04) (aged 78)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Brokaw
EducationIllinois College
University of Chicago

Charles Wayland Bryan (February 10, 1867 – March 4, 1945) was an American politician who served as the 20th and 23rd Governor of Nebraska, and Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1924. He was the younger brother of Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, who was the Democratic nominee for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908. The Bryans are the only brothers who have been nominated for President or Vice President by a major political party.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1867 in Salem, Illinois, Bryan attended both the University of Chicago and Illinois College in Jacksonville. He married Elizabeth Louise Brokaw on November 29, 1892.[1] They had three children. Bryan worked as a tobacco broker and insurance salesman, farmed, and raised purebred livestock.

Career[edit]

Bryan moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1889, and became business manager and political secretary for his brother, William Jennings Bryan. From 1901 to 1923, he was publisher and associate editor ofhis brother's newspaper, The Commoner. Elected to the Lincoln City Commission in 1915 and 1921, he also served as mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska from 1915 to 1917 (again from 1935 to 1937).[2]

Bryan was elected the Governor of Nebraska in 1922, and served from 1923 to 1925. In 1924, he was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1924, where he was picked largely because of his name to serve as running mate to conservative easterner John W. Davis. The ticket was overwhelmingly defeated by Republican incumbent Calvin Coolidge and his running mate Charles G. Dawes.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1926 and 1928. He won in 1930 and 1932, and served from 1931 to 1935. During his tenure, the state's economy flourished, state spending was limited, and taxes were reduced.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1934, governor in 1938, the U.S. House in 1940, and governor in 1942.

Charles W. and William J. Bryan

Death[edit]

Bryan died on March 4, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is interred at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles W. Bryan". Find A Grave. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  2. ^ Charles W. Bryan. Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Charles W. Bryan". National Governors Association. Retrieved 24 September 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Zehrung
Mayor of Lincoln
1915–1917
Succeeded by
John Miller
Preceded by
Samuel McKelvie
Governor of Nebraska
1923–1925
Succeeded by
Adam McMullen
Preceded by
Arthur J. Weaver
Governor of Nebraska
1931–1935
Succeeded by
Roy Cochran
Preceded by
Fenton Fleming
Mayor of Lincoln
1935–1937
Succeeded by
Oren S. Copeland
Party political offices
Preceded by
John H. Morehead
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1922, 1924 (withdrew)
Succeeded by
John N. Norton
Preceded by
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States
1924
Succeeded by
Joe Robinson
Preceded by
John N. Norton
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1926, 1928, 1930, 1932
Succeeded by
Roy Cochran
Preceded by
Terry Carpenter
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1942
Succeeded by
George Olsen