Owned and operated by the City of Salem, Illinois, this home was constructed in 1852 for Illinois State Senator Silas Bryan. In 1860, Silas’ son William Jennings Bryan was born in this home. William Jennings Bryan later donated this home to the City of Salem in the early 1900s intended to be come a museum.
William Jennings Bryan was a three-time nominee for president by the Democratic Party, a leader in the Prohibition movement, and argued the state’s case in The Scopes Trial.
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The son of a circuit court judge who was known for praying before each decision, the three time presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan is commemorated with a statute by the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum. Formerly sitting near the present JFK Center in Washington, DC, the statue was moved as a result of I-66 construction. Finally in 1961, the Read more...