Abstract

William Jennings Bryan exercised great political power for thirty years in America. Through his efforts the Democratic Party power base was broadened to include Jews, Negroes businessmen, and farmers. Bryan's call for political and social reform found many supporters in the State of Utah.

It is difficult to assess what actually caused William J. Bryan to lose the 1900 Presidential election in Utah. Yet, we must put to rest the conclusion that he lost solely because silver was an unimportant issue to the Utah electorate in 1900. The powerful influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Utah politics had much to do with Bryan's reversal.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Political Science

Rights

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Date Submitted

1975

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm149

Keywords

William Jennings Bryan, 1860-1925, Populism, United States, Utah, Politics and government, 1896-1950

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