William Jennings Bryan Biography
(41st United States Secretary of State (1913 - 1915))
Birthday: March 19, 1860 (Pisces)
Born In: Salem, Illinois, United States
Deemed as one of the “celebrity politicians” of the 20th century, William Jennings Bryan was a famous American politician during the last decade of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. A first-rate orator, Bryan was also accredited for introducing ‘stumping tour’ in America. All his life, he lived in the glare of publicity and was active in politics till his last breath. Often dubbed as the hero of common man, Bryan was an advocate of laissez-faire and worked every inch towards it. Standing three times as a Democratic Party candidate for President of the United States (1896, 1900 and 1908), he could not win in all his three attempts. Nevertheless, he was appointed the Secretary of State under democratic president, Woodrow Wilson, where he proved his mettle as a decision-maker. He was opposed to Darwin’s theory of evolution and this made him a little unfavorable; he was often criticized for his religious fervor too. He never accepted Darwinism as he considered it a menace on Christianity and democracy. He even propelled an anti-evolution campaign to stop the spread of Darwin’s theory in schools and church. Despite his religious extremism, he never really lost the full support, respect and approval of his followers. He was one of very few politicians of his age who were admired for their persona more than their political stance.