William Jennings Bryan was a dominant figure in the Democratic Party for most of his adult life. As a lawyer, a member of Congress, and Secretary of State, Bryan was a renowned orator and a tireless advocate of the rights of the common man. Despite a long and distinguished political career, Bryan is perhaps best known for his many unsuccessful attempts to become President of the United States.
Bryan was the Democratic nominee for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908, and lost all three elections. Despite all of his defeats, speculation continued to turn to Bryan as a possible candidate during nearly every Presidential election season of his professional life.
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