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Bryant, Henry Grier, 1859-1932



  • Existence: 1859 - 1932

Henry Grier Bryant was born on November 7, 1859 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He received his BA from Princeton University in 1883, and his MA in 1886, before studying law at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1899, he began work as secretary of the Edison Electric Company. However, in 1891, a newspaper article on Labrador prompted him to fund and lead an expedition to the Grand Falls of Labrador. Upon his return to the states in May 1891, Bryant was asked by Angelo Heilprin of the Academy of Natural Sciences to become a founding member of the Geographical Club of Philadelphia, which was renamed in 1894 as the Geographic Society of Philadelphia. Bryant was second in command of the Peary Relief Expedition aboard the "Kite," organized by the Geographic Society of Philadelphia, which resupplied Robert Peary’’s encampment in Greenland. In 1894, he led the Peary Auxiliary Expedition aboard the "Falcon." From 1897-1932, he served as the president of the Geographic Society of Philadelphia. Bryant died in 1932.

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Henry Grier Bryant correspondence books

Stefansson Mss-205
Identifier: Mss-205
Overview Henry G. Bryant (1859-1932), explorer. Consist of four correspondence books, relating to his activities as an arctic explorer, businessman, mountaineer and secretary of the American Alpine Club. A print out of Thomas O. Hiscott's paper "Henry G. Bryant and the Role of the Geographical Society in Turn of the Century Arctic Exploration" is also included.