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William Jennings Bryan William Jennings Bryan was a lawyer and a statesman who changed our nation for the better Although he had many failed attempts at becoming president he managed to change government with his innovative ideas He showed the nation its problems and fixed them all the while meeting the publics needs Bryan was born in Salem Illinois in 1860 His father was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress and was a Democrat He sent William Jennings to an Academy and to college Bryan went to law school and by the end of his first year out he had made connections with all the right people In 1890 he became a democratic candidate for Congress By 1894 he was trying to become part of the US Senate His bid for election was unsuccessful so he turned to journalism He worked as editor-in-chief of the Omaha World Harold He then developed a knack for making speeches so he went around making speeches about the free coinage of silver He felt very strongly about this issue With the support of his listeners he decided to run for president against McKinley This was unsuccessful He went along two more times to again run and not be elected for the presidency Bryan did however manage to accomplish many good things He brought about income taxes which helped everyone and also the vote for women He put the law that Senators would be appointed directly by the people into effect He also advocated for government regulation of business practices Bryan published The Commoner a weekly newspaper in which he sought to carry on his fight against the influences of wealth in politics Bryan negotiated 30 treaties of which 28 were ratified William Jennings Bryan believed strongly in the bible and the literal interpretation of it and prohibition Because of this he decided to aid the prosecution in the John Scopes or Monkey Trial This was his
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