Nathan Philemon Bryan

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Nathan Philemon Bryan
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
April 23, 1920 – August 8, 1935
Appointed by Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by Robert Lynn Batts
Succeeded by Edwin R. Holmes
United States Senator
from Florida
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by James Taliaferro
Succeeded by Park Trammell
Personal details
Born (1872-04-23)April 23, 1872
Orange County, Florida (now Lake County, Florida)
Died August 8, 1935(1935-08-08) (aged 63)
Jacksonville, Florida
Political party Democratic

Nathan Philemon Bryan (April 23, 1872 – August 8, 1935) was a lawyer, federal judge, and United States Senator from Florida.


Bryan was born on April 23, 1872 near Fort Mason, Orange County (now Lake County), Florida. He attended the common schools but graduated from Emory College, Oxford, Georgia (now Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia), in 1893. He graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in 1895 and was admitted to the bar that same year.

After a lengthy career in politics, education and law, Bryan died on August 8, 1935 still serving on the circuit bench. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Nathan Bryan was the brother of William James Bryan who was also a US Senator from Florida.


Bryan began practicing law in 1895 in Jacksonville, Florida. He chaired the Board of Control of the Florida State Institutions of Higher Education from 1905 to 1909.

Bryan became a United States Senator for Florida by appointment on February 22, 1911. But shortly after that, the legislature elected him to that position as a Democrat on March 4, 1911. He served as Senator until March 3, 1917, having been an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916. He chaired the Committee on Claims in the Sixth-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses. He declined the appointment as Governor General of the Philippine Islands by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917.

Bryan returned to the practice of law and also became a trustee of Emory University.

On April 23, 1920, Bryan was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to a seat vacated by Robert Lynn Batts. He was confirmed by the United States Senate and received commission the same day. He held this position until his death.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
James Taliaferro
United States Senator (Class 1) from Florida
Succeeded by
Park Trammell
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Lynn Batts
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Succeeded by
Edwin R. Holmes