William Jennings Bryan Biography

U.S. Representative (1860–1925)
William Jennings Bryan was a liberal leader and magnetic orator who ran unsuccessfully three times for the U.S. presidency.


Renowned as a gifted debater, William Jennings Bryan was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1890. Defeated for the U.S. Senate in 1894, he spent the next two years as editor of the Omaha World-Herald. In the 1896 presidential campaign, he travelled more than 18,000 miles through 27 states, but he lost to William McKinley. Bryan lost to McKinley again in 1900 and to William Howard Taft in 1908.

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