William Cullen Bryant

Brief Life History of William Cullen

When William Cullen Bryant was born on 3 January 1875, in Sabula, Jackson, Iowa, United States, his father, Edwin E. Bryant, was 34 and his mother, Mary Jane Addy, was 31. He married Jeanne Allison Geist on 24 December 1896, in Sterling, Jackson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Miles, Jackson, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Mason Township, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States in 1910. He died on 26 August 1910, in Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in Sterling Cemetery, Sterling, Jackson, Iowa, United States.

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William Cullen Bryant
Jeanne Allison Geist
Marriage: 24 December 1896
Julia Jeanette Bryant
Norma Barbara Bryant
Edwin Harrison Bryant

Sources (22)

  • William C Bryant, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William C. Bryant, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • William C Bryant, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

World Events (8)

1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.


Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Celtic personal name Brian (from brigo- ‘high’ + the suffix -ant-), with excrescent -t. Breton bearers of this name were among the Normans who invaded England in 1066. They went on to settle in Ireland in the 12th century, where the name mingled with the native Irish form Briain (see O'Brien ). The latter had also been borrowed, as Brján, by the Vikings, who introduced it independently into northwestern England before the Norman Conquest.

Breton: very rare variant of Briant (see Briand ) and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.

History: The American poet William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878) came of a New England family, being descended from Stephen Bryant, who had settled in Plymouth Colony in 1632.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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