William Jennings Bryan
The marker is located in Salem, north of the downtown area, in front of a large statue of Bryan on the east side of Broadway (IL 37), just north of its intersection with Boone Street.
Salem Historical-Patriotical Commission and The Illinois State Historical Society
William Jennings Bryan lived in Salem, Illinois, from his birth, March 19, 1860, until 1875. A national figure after his "Cross of Gold" speech in 1896, Bryan was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President in 1896, 1900, 1908, and served as Secretary of State, 1913 - 1915. He died in 1925 after the Scopes "Evolution" trial.
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