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William Jennings Bryan
1860 - 1925

U.S. lawyer, politician, Secretary of State to Woodrow Wilson, three-time Democratic Party candidate for president of the United States. Bryan was a Presbyterian fundamentalist who spearheaded a campaign to outlaw the teaching of evolutionary theory. When Tennessee passed such a law in 1925, and teacher John Scopes defied it, Bryan was the most famous prosecution witness in what came to be known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial". He was decimated on the stand by defense lawyer Clarence Darrow, and died in his sleep five days later.


Destiny is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm tossed human vessels.

1925 - from an argument, written but not made, in Tennessee vs John Scopes, the "Scopes Monkey Trial"
The humblest citizen of all the land when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.