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Bryan, William Jennings (1860–1925)

  1. Christopher M. Rios

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0200

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Rios, C. M. 2011. Bryan, William Jennings (1860–1925). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Political leader, orator, lawyer, social advocate, and religious hero, William Jennings Bryan remained one of the most prominent American figures for more than three decades. Born on March 19, 1860, in Salem, Illinois, to Silas Bryan and Mariah Jennings, William was raised in a family of strong religious and political convictions. Bryan graduated from Illinois College (Jacksonville) and from Union College of Law and married Mary Baird in 1883. In 1887, the couple moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, to pursue William's political and legal career. They had three children.


  • Bryan, William Jennings (1860–1925);
  • political leader, orator, social advocate, religious hero;
  • democratic nomination, for US house of representatives;
  • working, for women's suffrage, prohibition;
  • anti-darwinism campaign;
  • Bryan's legacy, mixed;
  • Bryan, as hero, sacrificing to biblical truth