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William Jennings Bryan was one of Nebraska's most influential politicians and a famous and powerful speaker. Born in Illinois, Bryan studied law in college and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1887 to set up a law practice. In 1890 he was elected the first Democratic congressman from Nebraska. He was United States Secretary of State for President Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1915, and an editor of the Omaha World-Herald from 1894 to 1896. William Jennings Bryan was the candidate of the Democratic Party for president of the United States in 1896, 1900, and 1908, but he lost each time. Known as the "Great Commonor," Bryan showed his concern for the working man and woman by helping bring about several changes in the way our government works. Some of them are:

In 1902 Bryan and his family built a house called "Fairview" in Lincoln. It is located on the grounds of Bryan Memorial Hospital and is open to the public.

William Jennings Bryan


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