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  • 1. William Jennings Bryan
    Hall of Fame Presentation
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. The End