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LEWIS RANDOLPH BRYAN , SR. (1858–1938). Lewis Randolph Bryan, lawyer, son of Cora Lewis and Moses Austin Bryan (nephew of Stephen F. Austin, the father of Texas), was born in Brazoria County, Texas on October 2, 1858. He graduated from Baylor University in 1877. In 1880, he graduated with a law degree. He was admitted into the State of Texas bar on April 9, 1880 and practiced law in Washington County until moving his practice to Brazoria County in the late 1880's. In 1890, He and a client, Mr. F. Kiber, founded the town of Angleton, Texas. He lived in Velasco, Texas until the Galveston hurricane of 1900; at which time he moved to Houston, Texas. He became president of the state bar association on July 3, 1902 and was president of the Houston Bar Association in 1911. He married Martha J. Shepard on October 15, 1891; they had three children (Lewis Randolph Bryan Jr, Mary Shepard Bryan and Cora Louise Bryan). In 1923, he was one of the founders of the South Texas School of Law. In 1925, Austin College conferred an honorary doctorate on Bryan . He died in Houston, Texas on February 11, 1938.

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