Untold History of Southeast Nebraska

U. S. Presidential Election 1908: Bryan vs. Taft

Photo: William Jennings Bryan speaks at the 1908 Democratic National Convention – Library of Congress

In the U. S. Presidential Election – Fall of 1908, William H. Taft (Republican Nominee) decided to campaign in William Jennings Bryans’ (Democratic Nominee) “stomping grounds” of Southeast Nebraska. Taft hit the campaign trail by train starting in Lincoln and making stops in several of the area towns. Tens of thousands of people came out to see him at Lincoln, De Witt, Beatrice, Wymore and Plattsmouth. Unfortunately for Taft, he lost his voice but it was even more unfortunate for Bryan, as he lost the election.

Images: Library of Congress – Bain News Service Photo Collection
Music: “The Cascades” by E’s Jammy Jams – YouTube audio

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