John Heritage Bryan

John Heritage Bryan (* November 4, 1798 in New Bern, North Carolina, † May 19, 1870 in Raleigh, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1825 and 1829 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Bryan initially enjoyed a private school and then attended the New Bern Academy. Subsequently, he studied until 1815 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent law degree in 1819 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in New Bern in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the years 1823 and 1824 Bryan sat in the Senate of North Carolina. From 1823 to 1868 he was curator of the University of North Carolina.

In the 1820s, Bryan was initially a follower of the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. During his first term as congressman, he turned away from it and became a follower of the then incumbent President John Quincy Adams. In the congressional elections of 1824 he was in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard Spaight on March 4, 1825. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1829 two legislative sessions. These were determined from the discussions between supporters and opponents of Andrew Jackson.

In 1828, Bryan opted not to run again. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again in New Bern. In 1839 he moved his residence and his law firm to Raleigh. There he died on May 19 in 1870. John Bryan was married to Mary Williams Sheperd (1801-1881), with whom he had seven children.