Biography of William Clement Bryant


Bryant, William Clement, Buffalo, son of Reuben Bryant, was born in Holley, Orleans county, N. Y., December 21, 1830, and is a lineal descendant of Abraham Bryant, who came from England and was married in Reading, Mass., in 1664, to Mary Kendall. His grandfather, Nathan Bryant, born in Concord, Mass., in 1761, was the first prisoner of the Revolution, being taken by the British at Concord; between his father's house and a neighbor's they threw the cannon, etc., into a well to conceal them from the enemy. Mr. Bryant read law at Clarkson, N. Y., with Judge Selden, and in 1854 came to Buffalo and was admitted to the bar. Since then he has successfully practiced his profession in Buffalo, becoming a leading lawyer and a citizen widely respected and esteemed. In 1863 he was elected second vice-president of the Young Men's Christian Association. He was twice elected to the Common Council and served as president of that body in 1865. He was a law partner of William H. Greene from 1867 to 1872, and since the latter year has been the attorney of the Western Savings Bank. He is a life member and in 1876 was president of the Buffalo Historical Society. He originated the movement which resulted in placing the remains of the Indian chieftain. Red Jacket, and his compatriots, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, and was prominent in causing the erection of the present monument over his grave. Mr. Bryant is an adopted member of the Seneca Indian tribe under the name of Di-gis-ta-ga-na (The burning fire) and also of the Mohawk as Ky-o-wil-la. He was for many years president of the Thomas Orphan Asylum for Indian children, was a founder and from 1891 to 1895 president of the Archaeological Club (a branch of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences), and has been a lifelong member of the Central Presbyterian church. He has made an extensive study of the North American Indians, has published a number of valuable pamphlets and is a recognized authority on that subject. June 24, 1865, he married Helen Catharine Barnum, daughter of George G. Barnum of Buffalo. She died in February, 1897, leaving two children: Helen Marcia, who married Albert C. Spann, a lawyer of Buffalo, and died January 16, 1896; and William Letchworth Bryant, born January 3, 1871, who was graduated from the Buffalo High School in 1889, read law with his father, was admitted to practice in 1893, and since 1895 has been his father's law partner; married Gertrude Benson, daughter of Oscar P. Benson, of Buffalo, in January, 1898.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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