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BRYSON, JAMES GORDON (1884–1968). James Gordon Bryson, physician and author, the son of Joseph Goodson and Elizabeth (Anderson) Bryson, was born on October 6, 1884, in Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas medical school in Galveston in 1910 and married Lily Clara Shuddemagen at Christmas of that year; they had six children. Bryson established his medical practice in Pearsall and soon moved to Bastrop; he received training in surgery in Austin in 1918 but after a brief stay in Marlin returned to Bastrop. During his thirty-seven-year career he became one of the best-known general practitioners in Central Texas. He was a member of the Texas Medical Association. He retired in 1947 and spent much of his time working his Bastrop County farm. He also served as mayor of Bastrop from 1946 to 1950, as well as school board president for several terms between 1923 and his youngest child's graduation from public schools. Bryson returned to the University of Texas at the age of seventy-two to study history. Two books resulted: Reminiscences of a Country Doctor, first published in 1963 and reissued in 1965 under the title One Hundred Dollars and a Horse; and Shin Oak Ridge (1965). Bryson was a Mason, a Democrat, and a Methodist. He died in Bastrop on August 2, 1968, and was buried at Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Austin American, A ugust 3, 1968. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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