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Frederick Van Pelt Bryan, American judge. Decorated Legion of Merit (United States); officer Order British Empire (Great Britain); Croix de Guerre with palm (France).


Bryan, Frederick Van Pelt was born on April 27, 1904 in Brooklyn. Son of Frederick J. and Mary Elizabeth (van Pelt) Bryan.


Bachelor of Arts, Columbia, 1925, Bachelor of Laws, 1928.


Admitted to New York bar, 1929. Associate firm Spence, Hopkins & Walser, New York City, 1928-1933. Assistant Corporate Counsel, City, New York, 1933-1937, 1st assistant Corporate Counsel, 1938-1942.

Member firm Saxe, Bacon, O’Shea & Bryan, New York City, 1946-1956. Member State Commission to Study Orgnl. Structure Government City New York, 1953-1954.

Counsel Temporary Commission Court Justices of State New York, 1954-1956. United States district judge Southern District New York, 1956-1978, senior judge, 1972-1978. Republican candidate for Congress, 18th Congressional District New York, 1946.

Chairman New York State Eisenhower Clubs, 1952. Board of directors Child Care Center, 1940-1969, Windham Child Care, 1969-1978. Trustee Columbia, 1961-1976, trustee emeritus, 1976-1978.

Trustee British American Ednl. Foundation.


Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945, colonel. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers. Member Columbia University Alumni Federation (president 1951-1955), American, New York State bar associations, Association Bar City New York, American Judicature Society (director 1968-1970), Institute Judicial Administration, American Law Institute, The Pilgrims, St. George’s Society, Phi Delta Phi, Delta Upsilon.

Club: Century (New York City).


Married Denise Frances Farquharson, April. Children: Antonia Denise (Mistress.

Frederick J. Bryan

Mary Elizabeth (van Pelt) Bryan

Denise Frances Farquharson

Antonia Denise (Mrs Bryan