Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1860-03-19
Death 1925-07-26
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Epithet: formerly priest

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000795.0x0002de

Lawyer, orator, politician, presidential candidate, and secretary of state.

From the description of Letters, 1910. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46763818

U. S. Congressman, three-time Democratic presidential nominee, secretary of state under Woodrow Wilson, and publisher and editor of the weekly newspaper The Commoner.

From the description of Correspondence and photographs, 1898-1913. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122494184

William Jennings Bryan Jr., the only son of the famous orator and politician William Jennings Bryan, was born on June 24, 1889 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana and the University of Nebraska, then graduated from the University of Arizona in 1912. Later, he studied law at Georgetown University. After receiving his law degree, Bryan served as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1915-1920. During the same period he was a Regent of the University of Arizona. In 1921 Bryan moved to Los Angeles and practiced law at the office of Isadore B. Dockweiler. He served as federal commissioner for the San Francisco Exposition of 1939. In 1938 President Roosevelt appointed him Collector of Customs for the port of Los Angeles. His excellent performance led him to be reappointed for four terms. After his retirement in 1953 he lived in Los Angeles. In 1975 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to be near his two daughters. Bryan died on March 27, 1978.

From the guide to the William Jennings Bryan, Jr. Scrapbook, 1910-1953, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

William Jennings Bryan was editor of The Commoner and Secretary of State from 1913-1915 as well as chief prosecutor in the Scopes "Monkey" trial against Clarence Darrow.

From the description of ALS, [19--] November 30 : Mission, Tex. to Rev. J.D. Dingwell / W.J. Bryan. (Haverford College Library). WorldCat record id: 51608585

Bryan was a U.S. Congressman, three-time Democratic presidential nominee, Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, and publisher and editor of the weekly newspaper, The Commoner.

From the description of Correpondence and photographs, 1905-1925. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122493283

William Jennings Bryan was born 1860 in Salem, Ill., and died in 1925. He ran unsuccessfully three times as the Democratic candidate for president and was Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State from 1913 to 1915.

From the description of Letter, Miami, Fla., to Gov. [Woodrow Wilson], no year Dec. 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 49296257

From the description of Letter, to Gov. [Woodrow Wilson], undated [1911?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 49296329

Lawyer and politician.

From the guide to the William Jennings Bryan letters, 1900, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

From the description of Letters, 1900 May-December. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145435006

Bryan was an American politician.

From the description of Letters, 1894-1898. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78490597

Epithet: Rector of Kilcronaghan

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000795.0x0002e1

Author, lawyer, orator, and U.S. representative from Nebraska and secretary of state.

From the description of William Jennings Bryan papers, 1877-1940 (bulk 1896-1925). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979857

Lawyer, Jacksonville, Illinois, and Lincoln, Nebraska; Nebraska congressman, 1890-1895; journalist, lecturer; unsuccessful candidate for U.S. president, 1896, 1900, 1908; prosecutor, Scopes monkey trial, 1925.

From the description of Letter: En route, to Mr. Pierce, 1917 May 11. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819309

From the description of Letter and speech, 1902, 1909. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819288

From the description of Letter: Lincoln, Nebraska, to Thomas Whitaker, New York City, N.Y., 1899 June 10. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819283

From the description of Letter: to Mr. Woodburn, 1922 March 1. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819302

From the description of Questionnaire, [no date] (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819297

American lawyer, statesman, and orator.

From the description of Letters, [19--]-1923. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233102306

U.S. politician.

http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000995

From the description of William Jennings Bryan postcard, [no year] Aug. 4. (Arkansas History Commission). WorldCat record id: 638949666

Biographical Note

  • 1860, Mar. 19: Born, Salem, Ill.
  • 1881: A.B., Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill.
  • 1883: LL.B., Union College of Law, Chicago, Ill. Admitted to the Illinois bar
  • 1883 - 1887 : Practiced law, Jacksonville, Ill.
  • 1884: Married Mary Elizabeth Baird A.M., Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill.
  • 1887 - 1891 : Practiced law, Lincoln, Neb.
  • 1891 - 1895 : Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1894: Unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate
  • 1894 - 1896 : Editor, Omaha World Herald
  • 1896: Wrote the "silver plank" in the party platform at the Democratic national convention, Chicago, Ill. Nominated for president by the Democratic Party
  • 1897 - 1925 : Lectured primarily for Chautauqua and its affiliates on political, governmental, and religious issues
  • 1898: Organized and commanded the Third Regiment, Nebraska Volunteer Infantry
  • 1900: Nominated for president by the Democratic Party
  • 1901: Established The Commoner , Lincoln, Neb.
  • 1908: Nominated for president by the Democratic Party
  • 1913 - 1915 : Secretary of state
  • 1925, July 26: Died after the Scopes trial, Dayton, Tenn.

From the guide to the William Jennings Bryan Papers, 1877-1940, (bulk 1896-1925), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Chautauquas
  • Smuggling--United States
  • Monetary policy--United States
  • Liquor laws--History--Sources
  • Prohibition--History--Sources
  • Suffrage
  • Democratic Party--History--Sources
  • Antitrust law
  • Material Types
  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1953
  • Presidents--Election--1896
  • Religion
  • Evangelistic work
  • Monetary policy
  • Populism
  • Prohibition
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1896
  • Politicians--Correspondence
  • Correspondence
  • Peace
  • Women--Suffrage

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  • Authors
  • Lecturers
  • Cabinet officers
  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Nebraska

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  • King's Bench, Ireland (as recorded)
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  • Idaho--Bonneville County (as recorded)
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  • Brighton, Sussex (as recorded)
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  • United States (as recorded)
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  • Dublin, Ireland (as recorded)
  • Greenock, Renfrewshire (as recorded)
  • Northampton, Northamptonshire (as recorded)
  • Dungarvan, Waterford (as recorded)
  • Leicestershire, England (as recorded)
  • Nebraska (as recorded)
  • London, England (as recorded)
  • London, England (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Nebraska (as recorded)
  • Cork, Ireland (as recorded)
  • Montrose, Forfarshire (as recorded)
  • Manchester, Lancashire (as recorded)
  • Olney, Buckinghamshire (as recorded)
  • Nebraska (as recorded)