Bryan, William F.

Born: 1810-08-22 Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Died: 1900-08-27 Peoria, Illinois

Flourished: Peoria, Illinois

Bryan studied law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after trying the professions of printing and newspaper editing and merchandising. In 1839, he moved to Peoria, Illinois, where he practiced law. In 1844, he was a partner with Elihu N. Powell in the firm of Powell & Bryan. Bryan preferred the life of a scholar and concentrated his interests in the fields of literature and science.

Simeon De Witt Drown, The Peoria Directory for 1844 (Peoria, IL: Simeon De Witt Drown, 1844), 59; John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 1:314-15; Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Peoria County (Chicago: Munsell, 1902), 2:489.