William Jennings Bryan

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Birthday
19, 1860
Birthplace
Salem, IL
Death Date
Jul 26, 1925 (65)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
19, 1860
Birthplace
Salem, IL
Death Date
Jul 26, 1925 (65)

About

Nebraska Representative who ran unsuccessfullyfor president three times and served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. He is credited with inventing the idea of the stumping tour at a time when politicians gave most of their speeches from home.

Before Fame

He was a gifted orator, which helped him a lot in his law practice.

Trivia

He banned the teaching of evolution in public schools, which lead to the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, where he took the stand and embarrassed himself by claiming that the bible should be taken literally.

Family Life

His wife also began studying law and passed the bar to help him in his casework.

Associated With

John T. Scopes was the schoolteacher who purposefully broke his edict against the teaching of evolution in order to bring it to trial.