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Cyrus Bryant

Born: Jul 12, 1798

Death: Feb 19, 1865

Birthplace: Cummington

Nationality: United States

Cyrus Bryant

Date of Birth : Jul 12, 1798
Date of Death : Feb 19, 1865
Birth Place : Cummington

Cyrus Bryant was American educator and scientist and member of Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He was brother of William Cullen Bryant and John Howard Bryant. Cyrus was born in Cummington, Massachusetts in a family of Peter Bryant, a doctor and later a state legislator, and Sarah Snell. He had two sisters, Sarah Sneell Bryant, named after her mother, and a sister named Louisa Charity Bryant Olds and four brothers: Austin William Cullen Peter Rush, later known as Arthur John Howard After finishing school, Cyrus was spending summers on a farm and lectured in winters. He then worked as a store clerk in South Carolina for four years. After returning to Cummington, Cyrus helped organize the local lyceum and spent a few years teaching chemistry and mineralogy. In 1832, together with his brother Arthur, Cyrus moved to Princeton, Illinois, where in 1834 married Julia Everett. In Princeton, he resumed his past activities and served as county clerk and a teacher of chemistry and botany. He was noted for establishing the first library, printing press and agricultural exhibition in Princeton. He was also elected member of Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

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