Guy Morrison Bryan

Guy Morrison Bryan

Full Name: Guy Morrison Bryan
Date of birth: January 12, 1821
Date of death: June 4, 1901

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 64 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H 64 May 2, 1888 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (3)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H 35 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
H 12 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (5) (6)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston Speaker   Brazoria, Galveston, Matagorda
S 24 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 2, 1857 5th (9) (10) (11) (12)   6th (7) (8)     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria Senate President Pro Tempore (5th)   Brazoria, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Wharton
H 35 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria
H 27 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (13)     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria, Fort Bend
H Brazoria Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (14)     Gulf Prairie / Brazoria   Brazoria

(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Guy M. Bryan, sworn 5/2/1888, succeeded Benjamin R. Plumley, died 12/9/1887. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Home post office - Galveston; home county - Galveston; Democrat. Directory of the Members and Officers of the Fourteenth Legislature of the State of Texas . . ., 1874.
(6) "News' telegrams, from Austin: organization of both houses..." Wednesday, 1/14/1874, p. 1. Description of opening day of 14th Legislature, Regular Session, and election of Guy M. Bryan as Speaker. Galveston Daily News.
(7) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators (holdover Senator), 11/5/1855, p. 4. Senate Journal.
(8) 6th Legislature - Listed in the "19 members of the Senate [who] retained their seats from the 5th Legislature," p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(9) 5th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President Pro Tem 2/9/1854, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(10) Democrat - Listed as delegate to Democratic State Convention in Austin, 1/9/1854. Tri-Weekly State Times (Austin, Texas), 1/17/1854, p. 1, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(11) Roster of members elect of the 5th Legislature, state elections, 1853. Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 8/20/1853, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(12) 5th Legislature - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/7/1853, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(13) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(14) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Guy M. Bryan, age 31, native state Missouri, emigrated from Missouri in 1831, planter, postoffice Gulf Prairie, Brazoria County. House Journal.
  • 27th Legislature, 1st C.S., 8/16/1901, p. 72. Resolutions - Memorial.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Texas Army, Texas Revolution; Texas Volunteers; Confederate States Army, Major. " . . . joined the Texas Army at San Jacinto in 1836; . . . served as a private in the Brazoria company, under the command of Captain Ballowe, during the Mexican War with the Texas Volunteers on the eastern bank of the Rio Grande; . . . during the Civil War served as volunteer aide-de-camp on the staff of General Herbert and afterwards as assistant adjutant general, with the rank of major, of the trans-Mississippi Department . . . " Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress.
  • Texas Army, Texas Revolution. "Bryan accompanied his mother on the Runaway Scrape and after her return home visited the battlefield at San Jacinto and enlisted in the Texas army as orderly for Alexander Somervell."
    Confederate States Army, "During the Civil War, early in 1862, Jefferson Davis sent Bryan to visit the governors of the Trans-Mississippi Department to reconcile the clash between civil and military authorities. When Bryan requested active field duty in May 1863, General Edmund Kirby Smith made him confidential adjutant general." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Revolution. "At the time of his death he was president of the Texas Veteran Association, the remnant of that band of heroes that freed Texas from Mexican domination and planted a young republic in the West." 27th Legislature, 1st C.S., 8/16/1901, p. 72. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Private, Brazoria company under General Zachary Taylor (1846). Confederate States Army, Major on staff of Gen. Holmes, and later Colonel on staff of Gen. E. Kirby Smith. Biographical sketch, p. 84. Texans Who Wore the Gray, 1907.
  • Guy Morrison Bryan. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.

Other Resources

  • Guy Morrison Bryan was a Democrat. Legislative Reference Library Card File.


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Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Acoustics (Chair) 
Commerce and Manufacture  
Constitutional Amendments  
Insurance, Statistics and History (Chair) 
Public Health and Vital Statistics  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
Water Supply  
20th R.S. - 1887
Capitol Dedication Arrangements  
16th R.S. - 1879
Commerce and Manufactures (Chair) 
Federal Relations  
Private Land Claims  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Health, Vital Statistics and History of Texas  
Revised Civil Code, Select  
Sale of University Lands, Select  
Towns and City Corporations  
6th R.S. - 1855
Claims and Accounts  
Education (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Public Buildings (Chair) 
State Affairs  
5th R.S. - 1853
Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
Printing and Contingent Expenses  
Private Land Claims  
Public Buildings (Chair) 
Treasury Building  
4th R.S. - 1851
Enrolled Bills  
Finance (Chair) 
Land Titles West of the Nueces, Select  
Land Titles, Investigation Report of Commissioners William H. Bourland and James B. Miller, Select  
Rules, Select  
3rd R.S. - 1849
Apportionment, Special  
Archives of Martin De Leon's Colony (Chair) 
Education (Chair) 
Enrolled Bills  
Federal Relations  
Governor's Message, Select  
House Rules and Joint Rules, Select (Chair) 
Judicial Districts, Select  
Land Office  
Post Routes, Select  
Public Debt, Select  
Quieting Land Titles of the State, Governor's Message  
2nd R.S. - 1847
Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
Jury Fund  

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