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    Named for Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, a contributor to the 1907 Oklahoma Constitution.
    A part of both the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations after their removal from the American south, the Bryan County area was first populated in 1831-32 by Choctaws. Southern aristocrat and mixed-blood entrepreneur Robert M. Jones, one of the wealthiest men in the Choctaw nation, owned cotton plantations in the rich river bottomland. In 1845 the tribe developed Armstrong Academy for boys, northeast of Bokchito, with Ramsay D. Potts as the first superintendent. In 1852 John H. Carr organized Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw girls, south of the later site of Achille. The western one-fourth of present Bryan County was the Chickasaw district from the time of Chickasaw removal from the South in 1837-40. The area was formally attached to the Chickasaw Nation in 1855 when the two nations were separated. During the Civil War Armstrong Academy served as Chahta Tamaha, the Choctaw capital.
    Early-day United States military establishments in the county included Fort Washita, founded in 1842 by Gen. Zachary Taylor. During the Civil War, in 1862 Confederate Gen. Albert B. Pike established Fort McCulloch near Nail's Crossing on the Blue River, in the vicinity of present Kenefic, and occupied it with more than a thousand American Indian troops. No Civil War engagements occurred in Bryan County.
    At 1907 statehood Bryan County was created with Durant as its seat.


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402 West Evergreen St.
Durant, OK 74702
Phone (580)924-2202
Fax (580)924-3094
Court Clerk
402 West Evergreen St.
Durant, OK 74701
Phone (580)924-1446

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