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WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN. Photograph signed: "Yours truly/William Jennings Bryan". B/w, 7½x10 overall, image 6¾x8¾ (one surface). Photograph by Walinger Photo/Chicago. Facsimile signature imprinted at lower portion of photograph. Known for his brilliant oratory, attorney and politician William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) also expressed his views on national issues in "The Commoner", a weekly political newspaper that he began publishing in 1901. Bryan, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska from 1891-1894, had achieved national prominence at the 1896 Democratic National Convention with his "Cross of Gold" speech, which advocated abandoning the nation's gold standard for silver. His command of the audience resulted in a rousing ovation-and his first nomination for President. Bryan lost to William McKinley that year and again in 1900, and he was defeated in his third bid for the Presidency in 1908 by William H. Taft. Bryan returned to high public office as President Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State in 1913. After his resignation in 1915, Bryan returned to law for ten years before again gaining national prominence -- this time in July 1925 as the prosecuting attorney in Tennessee vs. Scopes, popularly known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Although he was successful in debating the case against Clarence Darrow, the experience took its toll; Bryan fell ill and died just weeks later. Lightly creased, minor surface creases at background. ¾-inch tear at lower margin. Slightly soiled at blank margins. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 14¾x23.

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Born: March 18, 1860 in Salem, Illinois
Died: July 26, 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee

Film Credits
2002 Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of the American Century (Other), 2000 In Search of History: The Monkey Trial (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (Other), 1999 Modern Marvels (Other), 1977 The Glory of Their Times (Other), 1956 I Never Forget a Face (Other), 1954 This Was Yesterday (Other), 1952 Days of McKinley, Bryan, and Teddy Roosevelt (Other), 1951 The Naughty Twenties (Other), 1950 The Golden Twenties (Other), 1942 The Film That Was Lost (Other), 1934 The Camera Speaks (Other), 1915 Prohibition (in person), 1913 Inauguration of President Wilson (in person), 1908 Hon. William J. Bryan and Hon. John W. Kern (in person), 1908 Bryan in Chicago (in person), 1906 William Jennings Bryan (in person), 1906 Bryan (in person), 1903 Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan (in person), 1900 William J. Bryan in the Biograph (in person), 1900 Bryan at Home (in person), 1896 Bryan Train Scene at Orange (in person)

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