How excited are you for the 2016 presidential election? Probably REALLY excited! Since this year’s installment of the RNC and the DNC is happening right now, let’s review the most memorable political convention speeches in U.S. history.
After delivering an impassioned speech arguing against the gold standard, WJB made a strong case for himself to lead the democratic party in the 1896 election. As a result, he was voted the democratic nominee for that election.
Prior to the event, Bryan wasn’t the top option for the democrats. He was up against seven other candidates (kind of like the Republican field in 2016). But you probably won’t remember their names:
Richard P. Bland, Joseph Clay Styles Blackburn, Horace Boies, John R. McLean, Claude Matthews, Sylvester Pennoyer, and Robert E. Pattison.
Bryan lashed out against supporters of the gold standard by asserting, “we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”