Bryan And Silver Nominated By Democrats

On this day in 1896 at the Democratic Convention, William Jennings Bryan was nominated by his party to be the next president of the United States. The main issue for the Democrats during this presidential election was the matter of using silver as part of the national currency. The Republicans wanted to keep using the gold standard that was already in place. In his acceptance speech Bryan sent the democratic delegates into frenzy by stating, "You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."