Quotes by William Jennings Bryan

About William Jennings Bryan:

William Jennings Bryan was an American orator and politician, and 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 (1896, 1900 and 1908). He served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska and was United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson (1913–1915), resigning because of his pacifist position on World War I. 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" because it undermined the evil "Money Power" and put more cash in the hands of honest people. He was a peace advocate, a supporter of Prohibition, and an opponent of Darwinism on religious and humanitarian grounds. With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was perhaps the best-known orator and lecturer of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner."

Author Bio

  • NameWilliam Jennings Bryan
  • DescriptionUnited States Secretary of State
  • BornMarch 19, 1860
  • DiedJuly 26, 1925
  • CountryUnited States Of America
  • ProfessionPolitician; Lawyer; Diplomat