William Jennings Bryan Biography

William Jennings Bryan was a leading American politician from the 1890s until his death. He was a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as the Party's candidate for President of the United States. He served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska and was the United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson, resigning because of his pacifist position on the World War. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a strong advocate of popular democracy, and an enemy of the banks and their gold standard. He demanded "Free Silver". He was a peace advocate, a prohibitionist, and an opponent of Darwinism on religious and humanitarian grounds. With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was one of the best-known orators and lecturers of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner."

In the intensely fought 1896 and 1900 elections, he was defeated by William McKinley but retained control of the Democratic Party. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
William Jennings Bryan
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Lawyer, Politician, Orator, Statesman
Religion:
Presbyterianism
Date of Birth:
March 19, 1860
Astrological Sign:
Pisces
Date of Death:
July 26, 1925
Age at Death:
65
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