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A Strict Upbringing

Born in Salem, Illinois, in 1860, Bryan was the oldest son of Silas Bryan, a prosperous Illinois farmer and judge, and his wife, Mariah. Like all of the couple's eight children,

William Jennings Bryan gained fame for both his speech-making skills and his passion for social reform during his long career in law and politics. (Courtesy of The Library of Congress.) William Jennings Bryan gained fame for both his speech-making skills and his passion for social reform during his long career in law and politics. (Courtesy of The Library of Congress.)

Bryan was taught at home by his mother until he turned ten. During his early years he developed strong study habits and the sturdy Christianity of his parents. The elder Bryans were strict about behavior and religion, emphasizing frequent prayer and Bible reading. Young William idolized his father, who told him that a man could do the most good in the world as either a minister or a government leader.

At Illinois College Bryan studied the classics (such as works by the ancient Greek...

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