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William Jennings Bryan

Bryan entered Congress as thirty-year-old Democratic politician in 1890. He quickly earned the nicknames, "The Boy Orator" and "The Great Commoner," for his speaking ability and enthusiasm. In 1896, he was the Democratic party's presidential nomination and was only narrowly defeated in the election. He went on to gain to more presidential nominations and after two more defeats, to a life of speaking and writing, particularly focusing on majoritarian politics and Protestant lectures and themes. During the remainder of his life, he averaged over two hundred speeches per year and he wrote dozens of books. In 1912, Woodrow Wilson appointed him the Secretary of States, a post that he would later resign from over the United States entering WWI. He and his wife moved to Miami where he became a millionaire through the Florida land boom. By 1921, Bryan was speaking widely and writing about the dangers of evolution theories...

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