From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 960

HON. GEORGE E. BRYANT was born Feb. 11, 1832, at Templeton, Worcester Co., Mass.; his father was George W. BRYANT, and his mother Eunice NORCROSS; he was educated at Norwich University, in the same class with Gens. Dodge and Ransom, and went through the full course of studies; he preferred the profession of law, and after leaving the university, he read law with the Hon. Amasa NORCROSS, at Fitchburg, Mass., and was admitted to the bar in 1856, at Worcester, Mass., and shortly after moved to Madison, Wis., and formed a partnership in the practice of his profession, with Myron H. ORTON, which he continued until 1861. He was Captain of the Madison Guards, in 1860, the first company to offer their services to the Government, at the commencement of the rebellion; this company served five months in the 1st W.V.I., at the termination of which it was mustered out of service, and Capt. BRYANT returned home, and was shortly afterward commissioned Colonel of the 12th W.V.I., with which he went to the Indian Territory, marching across the plains west of Ft. Riley; returning, they descended the Mississippi River to Columbus; thence by railroad to Corinth, where they joined Gen. Grant's army; was in all the battles his regiment participated in; this regiment was on the celebrated Meridian march, and went with Sherman to the sea; upon their return to Louisville, Ky., they were discharged from the service. Upon Col. BRYANT's return to Wisconsin, he retired to his farm near Madison, and is engaged in raising fine blooded stock, especially horses and cattle. He was elected County Judge in 1866, again in 1870, and again in 1874; in the latter year he was also elected State Senator. In religion, he is a Unitarian, in politics, first a Whig, afterward a Republican. Was married, Sept. 27, 1858, to Miss Susie A. GIBSON, whose ancestors were the first settlers in Fitchburg, Mass., and were participants in the war of the Revolution, and had previously fought the Indians; his ancestors were Irish and came to the country shortly after the landing of the Pilgrims; they were also engaged in the Revolutionary struggle. Col. BRYANT was a member of the National Chicago Convention of 1880, and was one of the three hundred and six who always voted for U. S. Grant in the memorable convention; he has been Quartermaster General of Wisconsin, since January 1877, and Secretary of the State Agricultural Society since January 1, 1878.

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