Nebraska Hall of Fame: William Jennings Bryan

US Congressman & Secretary of State

William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925) was a three-time Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, a US congressman, US secretary of state, orator, religious leader, and an author. 

He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1887 where he worked at a law practice and harbored an interest in politics. Bryan quickly became involved in the state's politics and was elected to congress, serving from 1891 - 1895. 

Despite his failed presidential campaigns in 1896, 1900, and 1908, he helped guide the movement that led to Democratic Nominee Woodrow Wilson. 

Bryan was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1969-70.

 

Other Resources:

William J. Bryan - manuscript finding aid 

"Was William Jennings Bryan a Good Newspaper Editor?"

    William Jennings Bryan World-Herald Editor

"Bryan for President in 1920"

"Mr. Bryan's Place in the Sun" 

     (August 1908, Bryan accepts his nomination for presidency)

"The Silver Bugs of 1896"

     (An explanation behind Bryan's campaign pins.)

"Scopes Wasn't the First": Nebraska's 1924 Anti-Evolution Trial 

"The Patronage Battle Between Bryan and Hitchcock"

 

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