William B. Bryant

Born: September 18, 1911
Wetumpka, Alabama

Died: November 13, 2005
Washington, D.C.

William B. Bryant

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 12, 1965; Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1965, and received commission on August 11, 1965. Served as chief judge, 1977 – 1981. Assumed senior status on 1/31/1982. Service terminated on 11/13/2005, due to death.

Howard University, A.B., 1932
Howard University School of Law, LL.B., 1936

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Portrait Ceremony
Transcript of ceremony: April 18, 1980

Artist
Richard C. Henderson was commissioned in 1978 by Judge George Luzerne Hart, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to paint portraits of both sitting and former judges of the District Court. Mr. Henderson painted portraits of deceased judges by studying black and white photographs and talking with friends and family of the judges. Within a five-year period, he produced 23 portraits. At the conclusion of his commission, Mr. Henderson continued his work producing portraits and landscape paintings. He taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as well as at several private art schools.

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he majored in Art and English; he holds a Master’s degree from Vermont College of Norwich University, which is today the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, working with Daniel Green, a recognized pastelist. Mr. Henderson also studied under Harvey Dinnerstein, one of several artists trained at the Tyler School of Arts at Temple University. Mr. Henderson studied at the Art Students League of New York with Robert Brackman, a Russian artist who become nationally famous after painting the portraits of Charles and Ann Lindbergh, among others.

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Professional Career:

U.S. Army, 1943-1947
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1948-1951
Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, 1951-1954
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1954-1965

Judges of the D.C. Circuit Courts