Life and career
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.
Lloyd Bryce was born in Flushing, New York on September 4, 1851. He attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated 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.
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.
Death and burial
- United States Congress. "Lloyd Bryce (id: B000998)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Works by or about Lloyd Bryce at Internet Archive
- James Terry White, The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 1, 1898, page 252
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