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William Jennings Bryan
(1860 - 1925)

1860 Born 19 March in Salem, Illinois
1874 Leaves Baptist church, becomes a Presbyterian
1878 Enters the Illinois College at Jacksonville
1883 Receives law degree from Union College in Chicago
1884 Marries Mary Baird Bryan 1 October
1885 Daughter Ruth born
1887 Moves from Illinois to Lincoln, Nebraska
1890 Son William J., Jr. born; serves on the Committee on Ways and Means
1891 Daughter Grace born
1891 Elected U.S. Congressman from Nebraska
1893 Re-elected U.S. Congressman from Nebraska
1895 Editor of The Omaha World-Herald, lecture circuit
1896 Runs for President of the United States, but is defeated by William McKinley
1898 Serves as U.S. Army Colonel in Spanish-American War
1900 Runs for president again, but is defeated again by McKinley
1901 Founds The Commoner (publisher for until 1913)
1908 Runs for president for the third time, but is defeated by William Howard Taft
1913 Serves as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson
1915 Resigns as Secretary of State in protest over 'war preparedness'
1919 Supports 18th Amendment (temperance)
1920 Supports 19th Amendment (women's suffrage)
1921 Moves to Florida; The Menace of Darwinism published
1925 Lead prosecuting attorney for the State of Tennessee in the "Scopes Monkey Trial"; dies 26 July, just days after the trial

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