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John Stewart Bryan as Newspaper Publisher

John Stewart Bryan at His Desk

Newspaper publisher John Stewart Bryan works at his desk in this twentieth-century photograph by the Dementi Studio in Richmond.

Original Author: Dementi Studio

Created: Twentieth century

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Transatlantic Telephone Call

John Stewart Bryan (at center), owner and publisher of the Richmond News Leader, conducts Richmond's first transatlantic telephone call, to Lady Nancy Astor in England. The group around the table listens to the conversation with headsets. Harry F. Byrd, the Democratic politician, sits next to Bryan (at center right); the person taking notes on the other side of Bryan is probably Douglas Southall Freeman, editor of the Richmond News Leader.

Original Author: Dementi / Foster's Photographic Studio

Created: Early twentieth century

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

Inscription by Douglas Southall Freeman

In a note dated June 29, 1915, historian Douglas Southall Freeman inscribes a copy of his book Lee's Dispatches to John Stewart Bryan, publisher of the Richmond News Leader. (At the time, Freeman served as editor of that newspaper.) The book consists of previously unpublished letters by Confederate general Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate War Department—letters, Freeman says, he annotated "with reverent hands." The historian refers to Lee as "our great chieftain" and notes that the general was the incarnation of the "ideals of courtesy, of constancy and of service"; in turn, Freeman says that Bryan shares those same qualities.

Original Author: Douglas Southall Freeman

Created: June 29, 1915

Medium: Book inscription

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

Publisher John Stewart Bryan With Prominent Current or Former Employees

In a photograph taken in 1939 or 1940, John Stewart Bryan poses with a gathering of prominent newspapermen who worked or had once worked for him. From left to right are Douglas Southall Freeman, editor of the Richmond News Leader and biographer of Confederate general Robert E. Lee; St. George Bryan, Bryan's brother; Louis Isaac Jaffé, editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; Bryan; Douglas Gordon, president of Saint John's College of Annapolis, Maryland, and noted bibliophile; Virginius Dabney, editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch; William B. Smith; and Robert Glass.

Original Author: Katherine Wetzel

Created: 1939–1940

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Louis I. Jaffé Jr.

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  • John Stewart Bryan at His Desk

    Newspaper publisher John Stewart Bryan works at his desk in this twentieth-century photograph by the Dementi Studio in Richmond.

    Original Author: Dementi Studio

    Created: Twentieth century

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Transatlantic Telephone Call

    John Stewart Bryan (at center), owner and publisher of the Richmond News Leader, conducts Richmond's first transatlantic telephone call, to Lady Nancy Astor in England. The group around the table listens to the conversation with headsets. Harry F. Byrd, the Democratic politician, sits next to Bryan (at center right); the person taking notes on the other side of Bryan is probably Douglas Southall Freeman, editor of the Richmond News Leader.

    Original Author: Dementi / Foster's Photographic Studio

    Created: Early twentieth century

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

  • Inscription by Douglas Southall Freeman

    In a note dated June 29, 1915, historian Douglas Southall Freeman inscribes a copy of his book Lee's Dispatches to John Stewart Bryan, publisher of the Richmond News Leader. (At the time, Freeman served as editor of that newspaper.) The book consists of previously unpublished letters by Confederate general Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate War Department—letters, Freeman says, he annotated "with reverent hands." The historian refers to Lee as "our great chieftain" and notes that the general was the incarnation of the "ideals of courtesy, of constancy and of service"; in turn, Freeman says that Bryan shares those same qualities.

    Original Author: Douglas Southall Freeman

    Created: June 29, 1915

    Medium: Book inscription

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia

  • Publisher John Stewart Bryan With Prominent Current or Former Employees

    In a photograph taken in 1939 or 1940, John Stewart Bryan poses with a gathering of prominent newspapermen who worked or had once worked for him. From left to right are Douglas Southall Freeman, editor of the Richmond News Leader and biographer of Confederate general Robert E. Lee; St. George Bryan, Bryan's brother; Louis Isaac Jaffé, editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; Bryan; Douglas Gordon, president of Saint John's College of Annapolis, Maryland, and noted bibliophile; Virginius Dabney, editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch; William B. Smith; and Robert Glass.

    Original Author: Katherine Wetzel

    Created: 1939–1940

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Louis I. Jaffé Jr.