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William Jennings Bryan, 1907.
The Great Commoner, William Jennings Bryan in 1907

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William Jennings Bryan Was Born
March 19, 1860

A great speaker and three-time presidential candidate, William Jennings Bryan was born on March 19, 1860, in Salem, Illinois. Because he felt deeply about his religion and consistently defended the ordinary American, people called him "the Great Commoner." He had an active political career during his entire life, from a young lawyer entering the House of Representatives to the seasoned prosecuting attorney at the Scopes Trial, where the issue of whether evolution should be taught in school was argued in 1925. His controversial views gained him many supporters and critics. Can you think of people today who raise such controversy?
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