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William Jennings Bryan

 
 
William Jennings Bryan image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
1. William Jennings Bryan
Inscription. (Marker front):
William Jennings Bryan
1860 - 1925
Presidential Nominee
Secretary of State
Congressman
Christian Statesman
Author and Orator

(On the statue's proper left):
"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
America's Mission 1899

(On the statue's proper right):
"The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error."
The Cross of Gold 1896

 
Erected 2005 by Friends of Bryan College.
 
Location. 35° 29.695′ N, 85° 0.761′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Tennessee, in Rhea County. Marker is on N. Market Street (Tennessee Route 27) near 3rd Avenue (Tennessee Route 30), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the "Old" Rhea County Courthouse near the south east entrance of the building. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton TN 37321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rhea County Veteran's Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Rhea County Courthouse
William Jennings Bryan - Front image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
2. William Jennings Bryan - Front
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Scopes Trial (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith’s Crossroads (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Cornerstone / Smith's Crossroads (approx. 0.7 miles away); Graysville Academy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Blythe Ferry (approx. 5.5 miles away); Rhea County / Hamilton County (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
More about this marker. On the front of the block underneath the statue's proper left hand is inscribed, "Truth and Eloquence, 1891". On the back of this block is inscribed "Rhea County Court House 1891".
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
William Jennings Bryan - Right image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
3. William Jennings Bryan - Right
William Jennings Bryan - Back image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
4. William Jennings Bryan - Back
William Jennings Bryan - Left image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
5. William Jennings Bryan - Left
Rhea County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith
6. Rhea County Courthouse
The Courthouse was the site of the the Scopes Trial, during which William Jennings Bryan assisted the prosecution. See the nearby marker for links and additional information. The William Jennings Bryan Marker can be seen to the right.
William Jennings Bryan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 8, 2012
7. William Jennings Bryan Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2007, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 894 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 8, 2007, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   7. submitted on April 9, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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