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William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925) was an American politician, active from the 1890s until his death. He was 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 reduced power attributed to money and put more money in the hands of the people. He was a peace advocate, supported Prohibition, and an opponent of Darwinism on religious and humanitarian grounds. With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was one of the best-known orators and lecturers of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner."In the intensely fought 1896 and 1900 elections, he was defeated by William McKinley but retained control of the Democratic Party. With over 500 speeches in 1896, Bryan invented the national stumping tour, in an era when other presidential candidates stayed home. In his three presidential bids, he promoted Free Silver in 1896, anti-imperialism in 1900, and trust-busting in 1908, calling on Democrats to fight the trusts (big corporations) and big banks, and embrace anti-elitist ideals of republicanism. President Wilson appointed him Secretary of State in 1913, but Wilson's strong demands on Germany after the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915 caused Bryan to resign in protest. After 1920 he was a supporter of Prohibition and attacked Darwinism and evolution, most famously at the Scopes Trial in 1925. Five days after the end of the case, he died in his sleep. Wikipedia

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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Iron Major1943"The Battle Cry of Freedom" 1862, uncredited
The Camera Speaks1934Short performer: "The Star-Spangled Banner", "Hail to the Chief" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mutual Weekly, No. 1031916ShortHimself
Animated Weekly, No. 131916Documentary shortHimself
Hearst-Selig News Pictorial, No. 481915ShortHimself
Hearst-Selig News Pictorial, No. 471915ShortHimself
Prohibition1915Himself (Prologue)
Animated Weekly, No. 1351914Documentary shortHimself
Inauguration of President Wilson1913Documentary shortHimself
Bryan in Chicago1908Documentary shortHimself
Hon. William J. Bryan and Hon. John W. Kern1908Documentary shortHimself
Bryan1906Documentary shortHimself
William Jennings Bryan1906Documentary shortHimself
Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan1903Documentary shortHimself
Bryan at Home1900Documentary shortHimself
William J. Bryan in the Biograph1900Documentary shortHimself
Bryan Train Scene at Orange1896Documentary shortHimself

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Prohibition2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of the American Century2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
In Search of History: The Monkey Trial2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Glory of Their Times1977DocumentaryHimself
I Never Forget a Face1956Short documentaryHimself
This Was Yesterday1954Documentary shortHimself
Days of McKinley, Bryan, and Teddy Roosevelt1952Documentary short
The Naughty Twenties1951Documentary shortHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself
The Film That Was Lost1942ShortHimself
The Camera Speaks1934ShortHimself

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#Fact
1Inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame for 1969-1970.
2Was the basis for the title character in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.".
3Grandfather of the actor John Bryan.
4While serving as the secretary of state, invited Switzerland to send its navy to the opening of the Panama Canal.
5Father of Congresswoman Ruth Bryan Owen.
6Brother of Gov. Charles W. Bryan.
7Democrat U.S. Congressional representative from Nebraska, 4 March 1891 - 3 March 1895; was not a candidate for reelection in 1894.
8He was brought in as the prosecuting attorney in the renowned "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Tennessee in 1925, and as such was the basis of the character Matthew Harrison Brady in the play and various film and TV versions of Inherit the Wind (1960).
9Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1896, 1900 and 1908.
10U.S. secretary of state, 5 March 1913 - 9 June 1915; resigned from office.
11Pictured on a $2 US definitive postage stamp in the Great Americans series, issued 19 March 1986.
12Attended Northwestern University School of Law.


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