The History of Florida: Past & Present
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Paul C. Bryan
The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
III, page 36, 1923
BRYAN, PAUL C. has lived in Fort Lauderdale since early boyhood, is one of the prominent
younger men of the community, and recently was appointed sheriff of Broward County by Governor
Hardee. Mr. BRYAN entered upon his official duties with a determination to carry out the
letter and the spirit of law enforcement, particularly with reference to the enforcement of
the prohibition law in the county and in exercising the powers of his office to restrain and
drive out confidence men of different kinds. His administration so far has brought him a
high degree of credit and has proved a valuable influence in making Broward County a seat
of law and order.
He was born at Crescent City in Putnam County, Florida, in 1891, son of LEWIS HENRY and
ELIZABETH MARGARET (WILLIS) BRYAN. His parents are also natives of Florida. PAUL BRYAN
was educated in public schools and in Rollins College at Winter Park. The family lived in
Volusia County for about six years, and in the fall of 1900 located at Fort Lauderdale, then
in Dade County, now the county seat of Broward County.
For about twelve years before assuming his present official duties PAUL BRYAN was connected
with the Fort Lauderdale Post Office, the greater part of the time as assistant postmaster.
His sister, Mrs. S. M. CRAIG, is postmistress. It was on March 1, 1922, that Mr. BRYAN
became sheriff by appointment from Governor Hardee.
He married Miss JESSIE MAUD HENSON, a native of Duval County, Florida. They have one daughter,
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