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.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Political Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Cihak, Herbert E., "Bryan, Populism and Utah" (1975). Theses and Dissertations. 4602.
William Jennings Bryan, 1860-1925, Populism, United States, Utah, Politics and government, 1896-1950