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    Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan Writes to President Wilson... with Reference to his 1896 Running-mate William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925). Democratic candidate for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908. He was defeated in his first two campaigns by William McKinley, in his third by William Howard Taft. Known as the "Great Populist" and hailed for his oratory skills, Bryan distinguished himself as a lawyer and statesman. He served under Woodrow Wilson as Secretary of State but, being a pacifist, stepped down as War approached. It was his battle against Clarence Darrow in the Scopes "Monkey Trial" -- pitting creationist dogma versus Darwinian/evolutionary theory -- that caused his death. It is reported that the grueling battle taxed all of Bryan's strength with a courtroom that often reached 118-degrees in the midday. Autograph letter signed, one page on lettersheet from the "Department of State Office of the Secretary," introducing Rev. Frank Sewall, "brother of my running mate in the campaign of 1896," to President Wilson. Wonderful historical association -- an excellent letter! Together with an original photograph by Brown Brothers of the great orator, 6.5" x 8", imprint on verso. Two items. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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