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Bryson, Joseph R. (1893-1953)
Papers, 1917-1953, 7 ft.
Joseph Bryson represented South Carolina's Fourth District (Greenville-Spartanburg) in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 until his death in 1953. A conservative Democrat, Bryson is perhaps best remembered for his unwavering opposition to alcohol. Prior public service included representation of Greenville County in the South Carolina House, 1921-1924, and Senate, 1929-1932.
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 8 pages)
The collection documents Bryson's Congressional service, as well as his personal life and his political campaigns. Among the House committees on which Bryson served were Education, World War Veterans, and Territories and War Claims, but he is noted primarily for his work on the Judiciary Committee. He served as Chairman of the subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights, as well as of committees on Claims and Naturalization and Immigration.