Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Picture of the Day

I collect old political items. This is a great Williams Jennings Bryan item which I recently purchased. It is from his 1896 campaign for President when he opposed William McKinley. The ribbon is a "Veteran Soldiers Club" item, meaning, of course, it was worn by veterans of the Civil War. The piece shows some wear, but it is a gem.

Bryan was a three-time Democratic candidate for President, 1896, 1900, and 1908. He lost each time. He served as Secretary of State under President Wilson. He may be best known as a great orator. He famously argued in opposition to the Theory of Evolution against Clarence Darrow in the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial in Tennessee.

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