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William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan
  • Born 19 March 1860 - Salem, Marion Co., IL
  • Deceased 26 July 1925 - Dayton, Rhea Co., TN,aged 65 years old
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BRYAN, William Jennings, (father of Ruth Bryan Owen), a Representative from Nebraska; born in Salem, Marion County, Ill., March 19, 1860; attended the public schools and Whipple Academy, Jacksonville, Ill.; was graduated from Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill., in 1881; studied law at Union College in Chicago; was graduated in 1883 and commenced practice at Jacksonville, Ill., in 1883; moved to Lincoln, Nebr., in 1887 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1894; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1894; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1896, 1904, 1912, 1920, and 1924; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908; was endorsed by the Populist and Silver Republican Parties in the first and second campaigns; during the Spanish-American War raised the Third Regiment, Nebraska Volunteer Infantry, in May 1898 and was commissioned colonel; established a newspaper, "The Commoner," at Lincoln, Nebr., in 1901; engaged in editorial writing and delivering Chautauqua lectures; Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Wilson and served from March 4, 1913, until June 9, 1915, when he resigned; resumed his former pursuits of lecturing and writing; established his home in Miami, Fla., in 1921; died while attending court in Dayton, Tenn., July 26, 1925; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
--- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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                         _____|4_John Charles Bryan 1785-ca 1834
|2_Silas Lillard Bryan 1822-1880
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|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Nancy Lillard
|--1_William Jennings Bryan 1860-1925
|                                                                           _____|24_Israel Jennings 1745-1830
|                                                  _____|12_Israel Jennings 1776-1860
|                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Charity Freeman /1759-1840
|                       _____|6_Charles Waters Jennings 1802-1872
|                      /                        \
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Mary Waters 1773-1845
|3_Mariah Elizabeth Jennings 1834-1896
                       \                           _____|14_Samuel Davidson
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                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Maria Woods Davidson 1802-1885
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Sallie Logan