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William Jennings Bryan

Author Code: AWJB

Born: Mar. 19, 1860 - Little Egypt, Illinois, USA

Died: Jul. 26, 1925 - Dayton, Ohio, USA

Educated at Illinois College where he graduated in 1881, Bryan went on to study law at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He taught high school until he passed the bar exam and then practiced law in Jacksonville, Illinois until 1887. In 1884, he had married a former pupil, Mary Elizabeth Baird. They moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Bryan continued his law practice until 1890 when he was elected to Congress. In 1894, he ran for the Senate, but was defeated. In 1896, Bryan delivered his famous 'Cross of Gold' speech to the Democratic National Convention which lambasted the Eastern rich for supporting the gold standard which in his view oppressed the average worker. He was nominated to run for the presidency by the Democratic Party, but was subsequently defeated by William McKinley. In 1898, he volunteered for the army during the Spanish-American War and became a colonel of a Nebraska militia regiment, but never saw combat. Following the war, he again ran for president in 1900 and was again defeated by McKinley. In his final attempt to win the presidency, he was defeated by William Howard Taft in 1908. He became one of the most popular speakers on the lecture tour over the next decade. In 1912, he was named Secretary of State by Woodrow Wilson. He resigned in 1915 and continued his speaking engagements. Bryan was for prohibition and was a fervent anti-Darwinian and for the latter reason he was recruited by the prosecution in the Scopes Trial in 1925. Clarence Darrow for the defense, made a fool of Bryan on the stand and many believe that the stress of that event contributed to his death a week after the trial. In addition to his many speeches, his works include Republic or Empire? The Philippine Question (1899), Second Battles, or The New Declaration of Independence (1900), Under Other Flags (1904), British Rule in India (1906), Guaranteed Banks (1908), Abolition of the Opium Evil (1913), People's Law (1914), In His Image (1922) and Dawn of Humanity (1925).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
AWJB002 In His Image 1922 97 561k eBook Download PDF - 'In His Image' (AWJB002) Find a printed copy of In His Image by William Jennings Bryan at AbeBooks
AWJB001 The Price of a Soul 1914 13 157k eBook Download PDF - 'The Price of a Soul' (AWJB001) Find a printed copy of The Price of a Soul by William Jennings Bryan at AbeBooks

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