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Barton, Albert (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 5, Number 1 (Oct. 1903)

Sanborn, A. L.
Edwin E. Bryant,   pp. [unnumbered]-3


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2  Winon,.n Alumni Magazine.
the first administration of President Cleveland. He was chair-
man of committee on revision of the statutes in 1878, and with
William F. Vilas he brought out a reprint of eighteen volumes
of the supreme court reports. As a law writer his books are
favorably known to the lawyers of the country.
   It was, however, as dean of the college of law that General
 Bryant became known to the Wiscongin students, and it will be
 from that position and by his title as dean that he will be long-
 est remembered by them., He entered upon the duties of this
 position in 1889, and continued to serve until the close of the
 last college year. When he took up his work in the law school
 it had an enrollment of one hundred and twelve students, and
 the course extended over a period of only two years. When he
 laid down his duties as dean the enrollment had increased to
 two hundred and twenty-six students in spite of the lengthen-
 ing of the course by the addition of an extra year, and of the
 raise of the standard of admission. It was during this time
 that the appropriation for the erection of the law building was
 secured, and that the law school moved -upon the hill. Not only
 did the outward and material aspect of the law school improve,
 but the courses of instruction were strengthened and the general
 character of the work done by the students was considerably im-
 proved.
   Dean Bryant was, however, much more of a teacher than an
 administrator. The routine of the detail work of his office was
 not to his liking, and he was glad to leave to others the minute
 supervision over the work of the law school, retaining, however,
 the general control in his own hands. In the instruction of the
 students his method and manner were peculiarly his own. He
 had no "system" of teaching, but he endeavored to impart to the
 students, in the way that seemed best adapted to the subject and
 to the class, something from his own vast store of knowledge.
 He conducted his class informally. He was a famous story
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