- Bryan,William Jennings
Bryan, William Jennings. Called “the Great Commoner” or “the Boy Orator of the Platte.” 1860-1925.
American lawyer and politician who campaigned unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1896, 1900, and 1908. He is famous for his impassioned “Cross of Gold” speech advocating free silver (1896) and for his defense of fundamentalism in the Scopes trial (1925).
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