Lloyd Bryce

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Lloyd Bryce
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U.S. Minister to Luxembourg
In office
December 7, 1911 – September 10, 1913
PresidentWilliam Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Preceded byArthur M. Beaupre
Succeeded byHenry van Dyke
U.S. Minister to the Netherlands
In office
November 16, 1911 – September 10, 1913
PresidentWilliam Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Preceded byArthur M. Beaupre
Succeeded byHenry van Dyke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byJohn J. Adams
Succeeded byEdward J. Dunphy
Personal details
Lloyd Stephens Bryce

September 20, 1851 (1851-09-20)
Flushing, New York
DiedApril 2, 1917 (1917-04-03) (aged 65)
Mineola, New York
Political partyDemocratic Party
Edith Cooper
(m. 1879; died 1916)
Children3, including Edith
ParentsJoseph Smith Bryce
Alma materGeorgetown University
Christ Church, Oxford
Columbia Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service New York State Militia
RankBrigadier General

Lloyd Stephens Bryce (September 20, 1851 – April 2, 1917) was a U.S. Representative from New York and prominent magazine editor.

Early life[edit]

Lloyd Bryce was born in Flushing, New York on September 20, 1851. His father, Joseph Smith Bryce (1808–1901), graduated third in his class from the United States Military Academy in 1829, Robert E. Lee was second, and served as a Union Army Major in the Civil War, engaged in the defense of Washington, D.C. Lloyd's sister was Clemence Smith Bryce, who married Nicholas Fish, the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Belgium, and was the mother of Hamilton Fish. He was a nephew of John L. Stevens, U.S. Minister to the Kingdom of Hawaii.

He attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees.[1] Bryce also studied at Columbia Law School.[2]


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[3] and Manhattan and fox hunts on Long Island.[4]

Political career[edit]

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.[5]

Bryce was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress, serving from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1889. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress.[2]

He was appointed Minister to the Netherlands on August 12, 1911, and he served until September 10, 1913.[6]

Writer and editor[edit]

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.[2]

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).


In 1879,[7] he married Edith Cooper (1854–1916),[8] the only child of New York City Mayor Edward Cooper,[9] and granddaughter of the famous industrialist Peter Cooper.[10][11] Together, they were the parents of:

Bryce died in Mineola, New York, April 2, 1917, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. The bulk of his estate, worth $1,665,061,[19] was left to his two daughters, with his son receiving all his paintings, including a portrait by Godfrey Kneller, books, engravings, and clothing.[20] His home at 1025 Fifth Avenue was left to his children in four equal shares, two to his son and one to each of his daughters.[20]


His grandson, Henry Sergeant Cram (1907–1997), married Edith Kingdon Drexel (1911–1934), the granddaughter of Anthony Joseph Drexel, Jr. and George Jay Gould I, in 1930.[21] Cram later married Ruth Vaux, a granddaughter of Richard Vaux, after his first wife's death.[22] His granddaughter, Edith Bryce Cram (1908–1972), married Arthur Gerhard in 1950.[23]


  1. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Bruce, Lloyd Stewart" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ a b c "BRYCE, Lloyd Stephens (1851-1917)". bioguideretro.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Polo at Newport". The New York Times. August 29, 1878. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ex-Gov. Morton Entertains". The New York Times. October 16, 1899. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Times, Special To The New York (September 4, 1900). "Burglar in Newport Cottage". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Notes of Foreign Affairs". The New York Times. June 25, 1912. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "A Bright May Wedding – Marriage of Miss Cooper and Mr. L.S. Bryce – The Scenes and Services at All Souls' Church Reception at the House of Mr. Peter Cooper – A Few of the Guests". The New York Times. June 1, 1879. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mrs. Bryce Left $6,921,810 – Estate Goes to Children and Grandchildren". The New York Times. April 3, 1918. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mrs. Lloyd Bryce Buys Eighty Acres". The New York Times. August 24, 1899. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "Mrs. Bryce's Estate Left to Family". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 7, 1916. Retrieved October 18, 2015., page 8
  11. ^ "Mrs. Bryce Left $3,000,000. Husband and Son Principal Beneficiaries Under Will". The New York Times. June 7, 1916. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Mrs. J.S. Cram of Peace House Founder of Pacifist Group Dies". New York Times. February 29, 1960. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "Funeral for J. S. Cram – Rites for Former Public Service Commissioner in Grace Church". The New York Times. January 23, 1936. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mrs. Gifford Pinchot Is Dead; Widow of Governor Was 79; Ran for Congress Twice - Sought Husband's Post in Pennsylvania in 1934". The New York Times. September 10, 1960. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "Gifford Pinchot Weds Miss Bryce – Progressive Senatorial Nominee Marries Daughter of Gen. and Mrs. Lloyd S. Bryce – Quiet Nuptials at Roslyn – Col. and Mrs. Roosevelt, ex-Ambassador Bacon, and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Garfield Among Guests". The New York Times. August 16, 1914. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "Cornelia Bryce Pinchot (1881 - 1960)". fs.usda.gov. United States Department of Agriculture | Forest Service. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  17. ^ Redmon, Michael (July 28, 2009). "The Bryce Estate". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  18. ^ "Her Wedding Is Hastened By War – Miss Angelica Schuyler Brown Marries Peter Cooper Bryce of Squadron A – A Quiet Home Ceremony – Guests Include Attendants Chosen for Church Nuptial – Bridegroom Son of Ex-Minister to The Hague". The New York Times. April 8, 1917. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  19. ^ "Bryce Estate Appraised – Ex-Minister to Netherlands Left Property Worth $1,665,061". The New York Times. October 25, 1918. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Lloyd Bryce Left $100,000 – Bulk of Ex-Minister's Estate Was Left to His Two Daughters". The New York Times. April 11, 1917. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  21. ^ World, Photo By Wide (May 6, 1931). "Edith Drexel Weds H. Sergeant Cram – Members of Two Prominent Families Married in St Bartholomew's – Society Fills the Edifice – Floral Decorations Elaborate--Bride Has Nine Attendants--Many Philadelphians Present". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  22. ^ Times, Special To The New York (October 8, 1936). "Henry Cram to Wed; Miss Ruth Vaux – Son of Mrs. J. Sergeant Cram of New York Is Affianced to Philadelphia Girl". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  23. ^ Times, Special To The New York (March 26, 1950). "Edith Bryce Cram Is Wed in Chapel – Descendant of Peter Cooper Bride of Arthur Gerhard at Church of Heavenly Rest". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2017.

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U.S. 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

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