Young Life I was born in Southern Illinois in March of 1860 into an extremely religious family. Education played a large role in my life, so I moved from my family at age 14 in order to further my education. I then moved to Chicago to attend law school.
The Big Move After passing the bar exam I was married and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. It was here that I began my life as an orator and political figure. View slide
Beginning a Career in Politics In 1890 I was elected into Congress, and then in 1892 I was reelected. Worked for Omaha World-Herald while becoming a well renowned orator In 1896 I presented the Cross of Gold speech making a name for myself in the Democratic Party. In the 1896 elections I ran for the Democrat party using new tactics for promotion. View slide
Military Experience I volunteered for combat in the Spanish-American War Following the war I gave a speech asking what gave America the right to over power other countries for the sake of war.
In the 1900 election I ran as an anti-imperialist thus finding myself in alliances such as Carnegie. After the 1908 presidential elections I realized that my time could be better spent and decided to concentrate more on my speeches. The Other Elections
Chautauqua circuit For the next twelve years I spent all of my time giving speeches all over the country mostly on religion and the Darwinian theory. While associated with this group I was able to again become very involved in my religion.
The Commoner I created a weekly magazine that I used to speak to Democrats, advising them to regulate the railroads more tightly and support the Progressive Movement.
Fight For My Beliefs In 1912 I assist Wilson in his presidential campaign, so when elected he nominated me as Secretary of State. In two years when Wilson’s desire to enter WWI came up I resigned because of my beliefs and continued my work in the chautauqua circuit.
Scopes Trial The Scopes Trial was my most important trail, and one I felt very passionately about. At the end of the trial scopes was found guilty.