From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 431-432
John S. Branyan, of the firm of Branyan & Feightner, attorneys at law, is a son of Hon. James C. Branyan, judge of the Fifteenth judicial circuit, and dates his birth from the 21st day of January, 1868. He first saw the light of day in Huntington, Indiana, and here grew to maturity, attending the city schools continuously until completing the prescribed course, and then entered Wabash College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1890. Having decided to make the legal profession his life work, and being well fitted for the same by reason of thorough mental training, he began his preliminary reading in his father’s office, and so closely did he apply himself that in 1891 he was formally admitted to the bar, and at once entered upon a career of successful practice. Until 1898 his father was his associate, but in that year he was elected prosecuting attorney, which caused the dissolution of the firm. Reared in the Democratic school of politics, Mr. Branyan early espoused the party’s principles, and since attaining his majority has been a potent factor in its councils, besides contributing largely to its success in a number of hotly-contested campaigns. He was elected as prosecutor when all the rest of the Democratic ticket that year went down in defeat, and his success at the polls attests the high esteem in which he is held, not only by his political friends, but also by scores of admirers irrespective of party affiliation. Mr. Branyan’s record as prosecutor was eminently satisfactory to all except evil doers and those criminally inclined, and it is a noteworthy fact that he brought about more convictions and sent a greater number of law breakers to the penitentiary than any of his predecessors in the office. Greatly to the disappointment of his many friends throughout Huntington county, he refused a renomination, and at the expiration of his official term he resumed the general practice in which he stands second to no other member of the Huntington bar.
As a lawyer Mr. Branyan ranks among the most thorough and logical in the circuit court where he practices, and is blessed in a high degree with those qualities which are so necessary to success in the profession. He is recognized as a close student, a safe and reliable counselor and advisor, a strong advocate, and withal as possessing such integrity that nothing can swerve him from correct principles nor induce him to resort, even remotely, to anything not in harmony with a strict sense of professional etiquette. He is a man of broad, humanitarian views, thoroughly democratic in taste and feeling, and in such close sympathy with his fellow men that all with whom he comes in contact bear testimony to his high sense of honor as a practitioner and to his true worth as an intelligent and refined gentleman. He is a member of the Pythian fraternity, belonging to Huntington Lodge, No. 93, the only organization with which his name is identified.