William Jennings Bryan was born in 1860 in Salem
, IL, and was educated in the state before entering the legal profession. He moved to Lincoln
in 1887 to continue his legal career and enter the political arena.
Bryan was a major contributor to the American political scene, being a three-time Presidential candidate and Secretary of State.
He was passionate about the "free silver" issue and delivered his stirring "Cross of Gold" speech at the 1896 Democratic Convention.