Today, in 1860 William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem, Illinois. Perhaps best known for his Cross of Gold speech (which you can access at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/
williamjenningsbryan1896dnc.htm), Bryan was also the prosecuting attorney in the Scopes [Monkey] Trial of 1925 in which he faced Clarence Darrow. The Jury returned a verdict after 9 minutes of deliberation; Scopes was guilty of teaching evolution--a law that Tennessee didn't overturn until 1967!

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