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Bryant, William Benson

Born: 1911 AD
Died: 2005 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Jurist

1911 – Born in Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama. American judge.

         – Bryant became the first African American prosecutor permitted to try cases in Washington’s federal courthouse, where he had been barred from using the law library because of his color.

1932-1936 – He graduated from Howard University, receiving an A.B. and from Howard University Law School, receiving an LL.B.

1943 – Judge Bryant served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

1951 – He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

         – Became the first black federal prosecutor in Washington.

1954 – Judge Bryant was engaged in private practice as a partner in the powerhouse black law firm of Houston, Bryant & Gardner.

1965 – Judge Bryant was appointed to the United States District Court in August.

1974 – He became the first judge to order President Nixon to turn over his audiotapes in connection with civil lawsuits.

1977 – He served as Chief Judge.

1982 – He assumed senior status, and heard cases until a few days before his death.

2005 – Died on November 19th at his home in the capital.