William Jennings Bryan on Eloquence

2020-01-14T14:11:20-05:00

William Jennings Bryan on Eloquence William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic nominee for president and secretary of state in Woodrow Wilson's first administration, was among the foremost public speakers of his day. His "Cross of Gold" speech of 1896 has been described as "one of the greatest pieces of American political oratory ever," and he played a starring role in the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. In In His Image (1922), he devoted a chapter to "The Spoken Word" and the attributes of eloquence. Here is an excerpt: "Eloquence may be defined as the speech of one who knows what he is [...]