The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 132
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
he did much to advance study and research into Texas history and
to bring about proper appreciation of Texas tradition.
It would be very easy to create the wrong picture of Randolph
Bryan by over-emphasis on his interest in early Texas and things
For Randolph Bryan was not a person who lived in the past-
but a person who was able to take his place in the modern world
both as a businessman and as a leader in charitable and civic projects.
As a Houston banker for 40 years he had an important role in the
business life of Houston. His competence in business is attested by a
comparison of the Lumberman's National Bank he joined as an
assistant cashier in 1919 and the modern skyscraper that houses today's
Bank of the Southwest of which he had been president and was vice-
chairman of the board at the time of his death.
Randolph Bryan's life was a broad one-one of balance-and his-
tory and tradition had only their proper place in his life.
The test of World War I gave proof of Randolph Bryan's patriotism
and his courage. World War I, the Leon Springs Officers Training
Camp, the 36th Division-all these make up a page in Texas history
that is just as memorable a page as those made by Moses and Stephen
F. Austin of the pioneer days in our state. His record in World War I
with the 36th Division-climaxed by his frontline promotion to the
rank of major-was an outstanding one.
Army days always had a warm spot in Randolph Bryan's heart and
his World War I career brought him friendships that lasted through-
out his life.
But over and above all the interests and accomplishments of a full
life was one other thing that must not be overlooked-
No editorial on Randolph Bryan would be complete without men-
tion of his integrity. He was genuinely a man of character.
I want again to direct attention to the footnote identifying
Horace Elisha Scudder in the article herein wherein Ellen B.
Ballou has introduced him in "A Journey to Texas." Notice ought
to be taken again and again that although Scudder spent his life
in editorial pursuits, his influence upon American life has in
the over-all been greater than that of many presidents of the
United States under whose administrations he lived. It was
Scudder who had the audacity to suggest that American literature
should belong to the American people and as early as 1875, he
was advocating that American literature should be taught in
American colleges. That was subversive of course, subversive to
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