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Painted portrait of John Bryan seated and facing forward

William & Mary President: John Stewart Bryan
Term Served: July 1, 1934 - January 1, 1943
Preceded by: President Julian A.C. Chandler 1919 - 1934 / Interim President Kremer J. Hoke 1933 - 1934
Succeeded by: John Edwin Pomfret 1943 - 1951

John Stewart Bryan was the nineteenth President of William & Mary from July 1, 1934 through April 11, 1942 when he resigned. He officially left the office on January 1, 1943. Bryan served as Chancellor in 1942-1944. Bryan was a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard; lawyer; member of the William & Mary Board of Visitors; publisher of Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News Leader; president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association. He was awarded an honorary degree by William & Mary in 1942. He was born in 1871 and died in 1944. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt attended Bryan's inauguration where he spoke and received an honorary degree.

William & Mary owes the annual Yule Log and Charter Day ceremonies to President Bryan. The Bryan Complex was named in honor of President Bryan.

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