|John Stewart Bryan|
Bryan pictured in The Colonial Echo 1935, William and Mary yearbook
|19th "President of the
College of William & Mary
|Preceded by||"J. A. C. Chandler|
|Succeeded by||"John Edwin Pomfret|
October 23, 1871|
"Henrico County, Virginia
|Died||October 16, 1944
|"Alma mater||"University of Virginia
John Stewart Bryan (October 23, 1871 – October 16, 1944) was the member of a prominent Virginia newspaper family and was the nineteenth "president of the "College of William and Mary, serving from 1934 to 1942. He also served as the fourth American "chancellor of the college from 1942 to 1944.
Prior to his service as president of the "College of William and Mary, Bryan served as the publisher of "Richmond Times-Dispatch and the president of the "American Newspaper Publishers Association.
In 1871, John Stewart Bryan was born in Henrico County, VA to an affluent southern family. Bryan's great grandfather "Joseph Bryan had been a congressman from Georgia from 1803 to 1806. His grandfather John Randolph Bryan was tutored by his namesake "John Randolph of Virginia and ultimately relocated his family to "Gloucester County, Virginia and then "Fluvanna County, Virginia. John Stewart Bryan's father served in the Civil War before completing his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1868. By the time John Stewart Bryan was born, his father Joseph Bryan had taken on Richmond tobacco magnate "Lewis Ginter as a legal client. In 1887, Bryan's father purchased the Daily Times newspaper (a forerunner of today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch and Media General Corporation) from Ginter.
While his father ran the fledgling Times newspaper, the younger Bryan graduated in 1893 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and obtained a law degree from Harvard University in 1897. After a brief stint as a lawyer in New York, he returned to Richmond in 1898 to form a joint practice with "Murray Mason McGuire. He then quit law to work for his father's newspaper company in 1900.
Through a series of newspaper "mergers and acquisitions, Joseph Bryan became the owner of both the "Richmond Times-Dispatch and "The Richmond News Leader. When Joseph Bryan died in 1908, John Stewart Bryan took over as president of both newspapers. He sold off the Times-Dispatch in 1914 but retained ownership of the News Leader.
By 1927, John Stewart Bryan had become the president of the "American Newspaper Publishers Association. He partnered with Chicago newspaperman Samuel Emory Thomason to purchase "The Tampa Tribune for $900,000.
In 1926 Bryan became a member of the board of visitors of the "College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Early in the 1930s, as vice rector, he served under the erratic leadership of President "Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler. Following Chandler's death, the board named Bryan president of the college on June 30, 1934.
In addition to the financial struggles of the Great Depression, Bryan's tenure was also marked by the recent establishment and beginnings of "Colonial Williamsburg. Largely thanks to the vision of a William and Mary instructor, "Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin and the substantial financial support from "John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife, "Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, the William and Mary Campus had seen substantial construction on campus from 1928 to 1932, as historic buildings were restored to their 18th century appearance. Significant campus construction continued under Bryan, including the 1935, "Sunken Garden designed by "Charles M. Robinson.
In 1940, towards the end of Bryan's tenure as president of William and Mary, "Richmond, Virginia's two newspapers, the "Times-Dispatch and "News Leader, merged to form Richmond Newspapers a majority of which was owned by the Bryan family. This conglomerate would later be known as "Media General.
Bryan died in October 16, 1944 leaving the newspapers to his son D. Tennant Bryan.
Other life contributions included:
Bryan Hall, a residence hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary, bears his name, as does the complex of which it is part.
Enter John Stewart Bryan, from Richmond and by then the president of the American Newspaper publisher's Association
Thompson, previously vice-president and general manager of the Chicago Tribune