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Holland Gaines Bryan, LL.B.

Paducah, Kentucky

Patterson Literary Society; Henry Clay, President (4); Law Debating Team (2); Student Editorial Board of Kentucky Law Journal (3); Assistant Editor Kentucky Law Journal.

Gaines is not from Holland, as his name might indicate. He hails from Paducah. On entering the university, Gaines, like all good lawyers, wanted an office all his own. He chose the largest in the university--the Law College library--and for the last four years Bryan has literally lived under, around and in a huge leather-bound book. As a student he is there with the goods. He has sadly neglected the ladies, but then there may be some fair and only back home. Who knows?

-The Kentuckian, 1920

Holland Gaines Bryan (September 24, 1898 - May 25, 1966) was born in McCracken County, Kentucky to William Norfleet Bryan and Thirza Roberts. Bryan practiced law in Paducah after graduation as the junior partner of the law firm Middleton and Bryan. He would later practice law with his brother, Richard Bryan. Bryan served as Commonwealth Attorney for McCracken County between 1933 and 1949. He then served as McCracken County Circuit Court Judge from 1949 to 1957. Bryan married twice--his wives were Frances Vie Wilcox (m. 1924, d. before 1940) and Sylvia Stancil Sides (m. 1940).