William Jennings Bryan

a leading American politician from the 1890s until his death. He was a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic party, standing three times as the Party's candidate for president of the united States (1896, 1900 and 1908). He served two terms as a member of the united state house ofRepresentatives from nebraska and was the 41st united states secaratary ofState under President Woodrow Wilson (1913–1915), taking a pacifist position on the World War. Bryan was a devout Christian a supporter of popular democracy and an enemy of the gold standard as well as banks and railroads. He was a leader of the silverite movement in the 1890s, a peace advocate, a prohibitionist and an opponent of Darwinism on religious and humanitarian grounds. With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was one of the best known orators and lecturers of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner."