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Charles S. Bryant
"CHARLES S. BRYANT, Esq., was born August 19th, 1808, in the town of Lyons, Ontario County, N.Y. His father, James Byrant, was a resident of New Jersey until his marrigage with a Miss Stout, a descendant of Penelope Stout, (the woman known in the history of New Jersey as having been scalped by the Indians), when he removed to Lyons and remained until 1822, at which time he came West and settled in Ohio with his family. After a residence of two years in Ohio, he removed to Indiana, and it was there Mr. Bryant prosecuted his studies under the care of an elder brother, studying Latin and Greek, and becoming proficient in both languages. At the age of nineteen, he removed to Lebanon, Ohio, and entered as a student at law in the office of the Dunlevys, of that place, finally perfecting his studies at Dayton. He was admitted to the bar in 1838, and opened a law office in Dayton and became a successful practitioner. He married, in 1840, Miss Catherine Bremer of Cincinnati, to which place he removed the same year. Here he became deeply interested in the common school enterprise, and labored assiduously to promote the cause . . . .
In 1856, he made his first visit to Minnesota, and in the fall of 1859 he removed with his family to Wabasha, where he spent the winter, and in the spring of 1860 removed to St. Peter, where he now resides.
. . . . He does not wish it understood that he writes poetry, but occasionally writes in verse for simple pastime, yet seldom publishes anything so written. As a lawyer, Mr. Bryant has been very successful."
[W.J. Arnold (ed.), The Poets and Poetry of Minnesota 299-311, at 299-301 (Chicago: S.P. Rounds, Books and Job Printers, 1864)][online text]
Charles S. Bryant, The Majesty of Morning: A Poem (Saint Paul, Minnesota: T.H. Steenstra, printer, 1879)
Charles S. Bryant, A History of the Great Massacre by the Sioux Indians, in Minnesota: including the personal narratives of many who escaped (Cincinnati: Rickey & Carroll, 1864)(Cincinnati: R.W. Carroll, 1868)(with Abel B. Murch)(Saint Peter, Minnesota: E. Wainwright, 1872)(with Abel B. Murch)(Millwood, New York: Kraus Reprint Co., 1973)
Edward D. Neil & Charles S. Bryant, History of the Upper Mississippi Valley (Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Co., 1881)
____________________________, History of the Minnesota Valley including the Explorers and Pioneers of Minnesota (Minneapolis: North Star Pub. Co., 1882)(Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, 1975)
Charles S. Bryant, A Lecture on Man. His Origin and Movements as indicated by Mythology, Language and History, delivered before the St. Paul Academy of Science, Feb. 21, 1879 (St. Paul: T.H. Steenstra, printer, 1879)