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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William Jennings Bryan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: March 19, 1860 in Salem, Illinois


Illinois Connection

William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem. He also graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville and received a law degree from Union College of Law in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bryan's political and religious leadership earned him the label, "the Great Commoner." He served in the US Congress, ran for the Presidency three times and was Secretary of State for President Woodrow Wilson. He acted as prosecutor in the Scopes Trial, during which he took the stand and withstood a blistering attack by defense attorney Clarence Darrow. Bryan won the case but died a week later.

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